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242 cats fixed today at the DC Cat Feline Frenzy

post #1 of 18
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Well..it was a BUSY day..and the Humane Alliance vets were amazingly fast. 72 tame (owned) and 170 ferals were spayed/neutered today. I am exhausted..but it was soo worthwhile. Just imagining the number of litters we have prevented makes me smile. I do hope tomorrow is an even better day for them.

Katie
post #2 of 18
Amazing, Katie. Very, very well done. Thanks for all you do...you make such an incredible difference!

Best-
Michele
post #3 of 18
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Thanks Michelle...but I do such a small role. I considered helping again tomorrow....but I had already made plans to go shopping with my mom.

Katie
post #4 of 18
That is absolutely AWESOME!!!!!!!!
post #5 of 18
Wow.. thats a LOT of cats and a LOT of prevented future homeless cats! Great job!
post #6 of 18
WTG the Humane Alliance vets, and Katie of course a huge pat on the back to you! That's wonderful!
post #7 of 18
Wow 242, that's awesome!!!
post #8 of 18
Wow Fantastic Job
post #9 of 18
Any word on how many on Sunday?

That must have been an amazing sight - 242 cats in various stages of neutering Really great!
post #10 of 18
That's great. I saw in the Washington Post this morning that over 200 cats were treated.

Fox news also did a story on it last night. They said some of the parents were complaining about it being held in their kids school cafeteria because they said it was unsanitary and could cause problems with kids that have allergies. One lady said that her daughter could go into cardiac arrest because of her allgeries to pets and that the parents weren't even told a s/n clinic for cats was going to held at their school. One man said that even though it was to be cleaned afterward there will still be cat hairs floating around the cafeteria and going up the vents.

They also did a short interview with Becky Robinson.

Ellen
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by Ellen54
That's great. I saw in the Washington Post this morning that over 200 cats were treated.

Fox news also did a story on it last night. They said some of the parents were complaining about it being held in their kids school cafeteria because they said it was unsanitary and could cause problems with kids that have allergies. One lady said that her daughter could go into cardiac arrest because of her allgeries to pets and that the parents weren't even told a s/n clinic for cats was going to held at their school. One man said that even though it was to be cleaned afterward there will still be cat hairs floating around the cafeteria and going up the vents.

They also did a short interview with Becky Robinson.

Ellen
I'm sure the concerns were justified...however, when we were done...we cleaned and recleaned. They had plastic tarps over the entire floor. It must have been Fox that was videotaping. It truly is a shame that there was so much focus on the negative....fixing that many cats will be good for DC.

Katie

P.S. Not sure how many cats were fixed on Sunday.
post #12 of 18
<<It truly is a shame that there was so much focus on the negative....fixing that many cats will be good for DC.>>

I agree. Someone they interviewed did say that. I would like to see them do a story about a rescue group in the area that does TNR. Maybe people would be a little more understanding.

All you guys have my respect.
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
Well..I heard from a friend of mine who volunteered yesterday:

yesterday at feline frenzy was even tougher than sat,
whew,
i'm beat! i did grooming all day & i am soo stiff. i heard the total
cats
for the whole wkend was 512! no losses but 1 cat had to be euthanized :
(
the crazy thing is, a bunch of school kids' parents were protesting out
front on sunday, it was nuts! the police & media were there. no major
conflicts but it was very strange & annoying. supposedly one woman was
yelling her head off about it. sigh...
anyway, a fantastic & positive experience in all : )
post #14 of 18
Wow, 512 cats!
Poor kitty who was euthanized.
post #15 of 18
Omg 512! AMAZING!
post #16 of 18
OMG!!! THAT is just WONDERFUL!! I am BEYOND impressed!! Kudos to YOU, and all those who helped, AND made a HUGE positive difference!!!!!!!
post #17 of 18
That is MARVLOUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS for the
post #18 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ellen54
I agree. Someone they interviewed did say that. I would like to see them do a story about a rescue group in the area that does TNR. Maybe people would be a little more understanding.

All you guys have my respect.
Mine, too!

Our group is the only group in PG county that teaches, promotes, and supports TNR and colony caretakers here. We got positive press one time, and we've spent probably tens of hours talking and emailing to and fro with local beat reporters. They don't understand the concepts, no matter how simple you make them. In a county where Animal Ctl. can, and has, gone in and wiped out entire (okay, NON-TNR managed maybe) colonies, one paper was adamant that we let their photographers go out and take photos of real, local colonies. As you might expect, none of our caretakers will take the risk, and I don't blame them.

Admittedly, "cat people" tend to err by not being solicitous about "non-cat people's" concerns, we probably could defuse some situations more effectively if we were as empathetic about parents' concerns as about the cats. But also, it sounds from what I am reading around, as though there were some parents in DC who could never be satisfied. As a parent myself, I feel sorry for their kids!

Best,
Linda
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