Warmer but damp weather welcomed us this morning for the second January spay/neuter clinic.
Today’s participants heard about SpayHR in a variety of ways. Reinia Chatman heard about our program through a friend, who asked, “Don’t you want to get your dogs fixed, too.” Reinia had her female dog spayed through our program last month and today brought Pnutts, a handsome Dachshund, for neuter surgery.
Tracy Hoskins read about SpayHR on Freecycle and scheduled her two dogs, Cookie and Sassy, and cat, Tiger, for surgery. What happy cuties! Tiger the cat is actually bigger than Sassy the dog (by two pounds, according to Tracy).
Kathryne Hawryluk found out about the Norfolk Pet Project from Muddy Paws. (Thanks, Muddy Paws!) She rescued her dog Maddi from neglect and has been bringing this sweetie back to good health and proper grooming: Maddie was severely “matted” when Kathryne found her. After a much needed haircut, veterinary check up, and vaccinations, Maddi just needs her spay surgery. She’s a lucky girl.
Another lucky girl is Skitzo, who was found in South Carolina along Interstate-95. Jessica Oliveira was moving from Florida to Virginia when she stopped for a break. Skitzo was part of a large colony of cats living off I-95. She was friendly and looking for help, and Jessica obliged. After arriving in Norfolk, Jessica tried to find a spot for the small cat at one of our always full shelters. Though she already had plenty of pets at home, Jessica decided to keep Skitzo rather than risk her being euthanized.
Many free-roaming Norfolk cats are saved from euthanasia by community members who feed and more importantly spay/neuter them. In just a year, Michaela has seen multiple litters of kittens resulting from the community cats (or unaltered pets) roaming her neighborhood. We’re glad to have helped her bring this population under control over the past few months.
We are working hard to help other Hampton Roads residents with feral and free-roaming cats in their communities. We welcome volunteers for all aspects of TNR to help us match the demand for assistance. If you can help, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.