Grant will support H.A.R.T.’s lifesaving work for community cats
Mesa, AZ December 27, 2013 ─ Best Friends Animal Society® in partnership with PetSmart Charities® is pleased to announce that H.A.R.T. has been awarded a grant for Project TNR for ‘201: funding specifically for zip code 85201 in Mesa.
H.A.R.T. is a participating member of the No More Homeless Pets® Network, a program of Best Friends Animal Society, which offers help and support to animal rescue groups that save lives in their communities.
“This grant project targets free-roaming community cats at serious risk of being killed if they enter shelters. It provides an innovated solution to save their lives while working toward achieving the Best Friends mission of No More Homeless Pets,” said Ellen Gilmore, manager of Best Friends’ No More Homeless Pets Network.
Through TNR for ‘201 homeless free-roaming cats are sterilized using trap-neuter-return (TNR), the widely accepted, humane method of controlling populations of free-roaming cats. The cats are also vaccinated.
“TNR is an alternative to the ‘trap and kill’ policies that traditionally have been employed by animal control agencies to address cat over-population and nuisance complaint situations,” Gilmore said. “Trap and kill repeatedly has been proven to be ineffective, cost-prohibitive and publicly unpalatable.”
Jacey Brown said: “Our goal is to financially provide 150 feral cats with spay/neuter surgeries over the next year. We would like to thank Best Friends Animal Society and PetSmart Charities for their support in making this project a great success.”
This lifesaving grant is part of Best Friends Animal Society’s mission of No More Homeless Pets®. Every day, approximately 9,000 pets are killed in shelters because they don’t have a home. Best Friends and the No More Homeless Pets® Network Partners are committed to saving them.
H.A.R.T. is a non-profit 501-c3 organization. Our mission is to engage in activities that curb overpopulation, impede the feral cycle, re-home abandoned cats and kittens, promote responsible pet ownership, and end the cycle of animal suffering by a humane approach that utilizes spaying and neutering as its primary weapon. We accomplish this goal by implementing feral cat management through the Trap, Neuter & Return program.
Overpopulation of cats and dogs is a direct result of widespread social indifference, lack of awareness, and irresponsible pet ownership characterized by failure to sterilize pets, abandonment, and allowing pets to become lost without appropriate identification. The local animal welfare groups, humane societies and animal control facilities are besieged with discarded cats, kittens, dogs and puppies. The numbers are staggering, and due to limited government funding and scarce public donations, the agencies cannot care for them all. As a result, literally hundreds of innocent, adoptable cats, kittens, dogs and puppies are needlessly killed on a daily basis - in one county alone. Multiplied by the number of counties across the country, the true number of needless killings is staggering and shocks the sensibilities of caring and conscientious citizens. If the root of the problem is not appropriately dealt with, the cycle of killing will continue. Sadly, this unnecessary and pointless killing is entirely avoidable. All that is needed is awareness, people who act on their concerns, and simple preventative care.
Feral cats occupy a unique niche in the animal world, and institutions are still struggling to find an acceptable way to deal with them. Lost and abandoned cats, if fortunate enough to survive the perils of urban life, including such things as traffic, exposure to the elements, predators, and starvation, will reproduce unchecked generation after generation, creating a feral population that cannot be domesticated or reintroduced into a family setting. These cats are, for the most part, not adoptable. If captured and sent to “shelters” they will be killed - no exceptions.
Trap-Neuter-Return “TNR” of Feral Cats
H.A.R.T. identifies feral cat colonies that have not been sterilized and traps feral cats, transports them to a vet for spaying, neutering, and ear tipping for identification, and then transports the feral cats back to the area where they were trapped, after a recovery period. Residents who request these services may be asked to make a donation to cover the cost of the spay or neuter service only, however many are unable to donate anything. These residents must agree to continue to provide food and water when the cats are returned.
If the residents cannot or will not guarantee to provide care for the altered animals, H.A.R.T. assists in the provision of food to ensure maintenance of the cat colonies. Young feral kittens that are deemed to be tamable will not be returned to the feral colonies. Instead, they will be socialized and prepared for later adoption. In addition, any homeless stray or abandoned tame adult cats will also be processed for adoption.
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About Best Friends Animal Society®
Best Friends Animal Society, named Animal Welfare Non-Profit National Brand of the Year based on the 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend® study, is a national animal welfare organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets®. The society's leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah headquarters, the country's largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the personal and financial support of a grassroots network of supporters and community partners across the nation.
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About PetSmart Charities®
Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues, and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities® has provided more than $165 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).
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