The Big Fix—Community Cats Get Neutered!

Volunteers are needed for "The Big Fix"!

Four animal welfare organizations on eastern Long Island announced that they
are teaming up to conduct a mass trapping for community (feral) cats on Sunday, November 18th,  2012.  The four participating organizations include:  Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Inc., Bideawee, Kent Animal Shelter and the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation.

Calling it “The Big Fix” the goal of the day is to get 80 cats neutered and vaccinated as part of an ongoing TNR (trap/neuter/return) program that each organization endorses.

A veterinarian and a team of volunteers will be stationed at each facility to process the cats.  The treatment for each cat will include neutering, vaccination against rabies and distemper and an ear tip to identify the cat in the future.   Volunteer trappers will trap the cats at colonies in East Hampton, Southampton and Riverhead Towns, and bring them to the nearest facility for treatment. 

TNR is the nationally recognized, humane way to control community cats.  Neutered cats in managed colonies are healthy and no longer reproducing.  Objectionable behavior such as spraying and yowling cease after neutering. Over time, the managed colony decreases in size until all the cats have passed on.

Funding for the Big Fix is being privately funded by each organization. Pam Green, Executive Director of the Kent Animal Shelter commented “Our funding for this important project is being provided by a grant from PetSmart Charities. Kent will work closely with S.A.V.E.S. to spay and neuter feral cats in several locations in the Riverhead community.”

Anyone with knowledge of an unmanaged colony of cats is encouraged to call Rita Del Rey, The Operation Cat Coordinator for the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons for information on how to participate in the Big Fix. Rita@arfhamptons.org or call 631-537-0400 x210.

Donald Bambrick, the Animal Shelter Supervisor for Southampton Town noted that “TNR is the official policy of the Town of Southampton for feral cats.  With
cat and kitten numbers at capacity at our shelter, TNR is important to keep feral cats and their offspring out of the shelter”.

Nancy Taylor, the Executive Director of Bideawee commented that “Bideawee is thrilled to be involved in the Big Fix.  We look forward to a successful day.”

The following veterinarians will be heading up the surgical teams:  Dr. Sarah Alward for ARF, Dr. Teri Meekins for Southampton Shelter, Dr. Melissa Young for Bideawee and Dr. John Berger for Kent.

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CATherine Catsmith November 19, 2012 at 11:34 AM
"pssst... still waiting for any one of you to refute the facts instead of your raving red-herring nonsense": TNR Works. Its that simple. It reduces the number of cats roaming free and because it is so effective, it has been endorsed by The National Animal Control Association The Humane Society of the United States The ASPCA The American Association of Feline Practitioners The American Animal Hospital Association The Association of Shelter Veterinarians Alley Cat Allies PetsMart Charities Best Friends Animal Society So far, murdering cats with guns and bow and arrows is only endorsed by you. Don't even start, I don't care for cats. At all. But I do love crazy people. Like you. Consider me a cat and you are a little ball of catnip and I am batting you around and having some fun. Watcha got gun boy.
Kerrie Graham November 19, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I agree with one of the comments that Doitright is Woodsman01. I googled him and saw some of the other things he does to cats. I get the feeling he doesn't live in a populated area, because he would be arrested and jailed for animal cruelty. As far as the Patch goes, they are trying to respect free speech.
DoItRight November 19, 2012 at 02:44 PM
FACT: THERE IS ABSOLUTELY _NOTHING_ HUMANE ABOUT TNR. Nearly every last TNR'ed cat dies an inhumane death by road-kill, from cat and animal attacks, environmental poisons, starvation, dehydration, freezing to death, infections, parasites, etc. And if very very lucky humanely shot to death or re-trapped and drowned (the two most common methods employed on all farms and ranches to protect their gestating livestock's offspring and valuable native wildlife dying from cats' Toxoplasmosis parasites). This doesn't begin to count the thousands of defenseless native animals that cats skin alive and disembowel alive for their daily and hourly play-toys. (please pay attention to this all important part) The ONLY difference in destroying cats immediately and humanely instead of trapping, sterilizing, then releasing them to an inhumane death; is that money isn't going into an HSUS or SPCA board-member's pocket, veterinarian's pocket, cat-food company CEO's pocket, or a drug-company CEO's pocket. And that's the ONLY difference! How many more animals are you going to torture to death to line your pockets with cash?
DoItRight November 19, 2012 at 02:51 PM
The ONLY difference between rats and cats these days is that people who own and love pet-rats aren't severely mentally unbalanced and trying to hoard sterilized feral-rat populations on other people's public and private properties -- while also relentlessly petitioning all their lawmakers to do so. Pet-rat owners, and all other types of pet owners, at least have THEIR sh** together. If only the same were true of all these mentally-ill TNR cat-hoarders. (I still think it's their cats' Toxoplasma gondii parasites in the cat-lovers' brains that make them so unfalteringly blind to their own stupidity, hypocrisy, and absolute absurdity.) This psychotic and delusional "No-Kill" religion (conceived of, based on, and fueled by their own relentless fear of death) is the DIRECT CAUSE of the most heinous, widespread, and longest lasting animal abuse in the history of humanity. There's far worse things than death. Read it and weep if you think saving more animals' lives is going to give them a life worth living. (You animal-torturing MORONS!) http://notesfromadogwalker.com/2012/07/21/how-i-failed-as-a-rescuer-lessons-from-a-sanctuary/
Taylor K. Vecsey November 19, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Thank you for all of the comments, but we feel all sides have been heard on this. I am closing the comments section.


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