The Crawford County Spay and Neuter Foundation recently celebrated the completion of its third year working to reduce the local stray animal population.
Since being founded in June 2009, the CCSNF has found homes for 375 kittens and issued more than 2,800 low-cost companion pet and feral cat certificates, according to President Linda Proskurniak. Based on estimates by Spay USA, this has prevented more than 125,400 unwanted dog and cat births in the next three years.
"We are extremely proud of our results and want people to know we are an all-volunteer organization 'making it matter," Proskurniak said. The group's efforts will continue with a $5, walk-in rabies clinic 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Robinson Hospital for Animals. The event, co-sponsored by the veterinarian's office and PAWS, will also showcase the more than 30 kittens for which the CCSNF is still seeking homes.
The foundation recently raised about $30,000 of its annual $61,000 budget during its annual auction at Quail Creek Country Club. It was attended by 150 people.
"This will help us continue our work to make our community a better and healthier place," Vice President Kathy Chamblin said. They expressed gratitude to those in attendance, as well as sponsors and those who donated to the auction.
The foundation offers reduced prices for spaying and neutering dogs and cats at the Robinson Hospital for Animals and is conducting efforts to curb the growth of feral cat colonies around the county.
Volunteers trap feral cats and deliver them to the vet's office, where they are given a medical examination to determine overall health. In instances of poor health/condition or disease in feral populations, animals may be euthanized.
As part of the process, ferals are marked to indicate that they have been spayed/neutered before being released back into the areas where they were captured. Vets also make certain all animals receive rabies shots.
Fixing the animals and releasing them keeps costs down and prevents other cats from moving into territories vacated by animals housed or killed.
Captured kittens are cleaned, given flea medicine and put up for adoption. Most are placed with families within three months. An estimated 80 percent of all kittens are born of feral parents.
Proskurniak said anyone interested in more information about the foundation and its services can contact it at 544-2555. The group can also be followed on Facebook.