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Spay/neuter programs can make a difference

It is an age-old problem: the overpopulation of our companion animals and our stray animals. Through people's ignorance or lack of money, animals do not get spayed and neutered. Cats in particular seem to be throw-away items. People think that cats can live in the wild so they let them run at large and abandon them. Then these cats become someone else's problem.
Well-meaning people see a cat in the bushes, or on the street, and offer food. Then she brings her kittens, and away we go.
There is no good reason for unneutered cats. We have spay/neuter programs. We have great rescue groups and SPCAs willing to help if they have room. Do the right thing. If you feed cats, get the cats spayed and neutered.
In Erie County, we have Maddie's Spay/Neuter Project Grant. This grant will allow the citizens of Erie County to pay $10 to spay/neuter free-roaming, community cats. Maddie's Grant realizes the importance of the TNVR program, which helps municipalities control the overpopulation of cats in our community while helping citizens afford spay/neuter programs. For a list of all veterinarians that participate in the project, go to www.operationpets.org.
Joan Jimerson
Lancaster