Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Clinics
In May we will be having two smaller clinics, both in Kona.
The first will be on Tuesday, May 21 and the
second on Thursday, May 23. The number of cats
that can be done each day is limited to 30.
Both clinics will be held in Kona at the Kona Palisades Community
Center on Kaiminani Drive (near the Kona airport.)
Be sure to specify the number of cats and whether you prefer Tuesday
5/21 or Thursday 5/23.
If you would like to volunteer for either clinic we are doing
a smaller number of cats and the pace of the clinic will be much
slower than our usual clinics, we will be working with a smaller
group of volunteers than normal and people will be able to perform
Please contact Cindy Thurston at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (808) 895-9283 as soon as possible.
Some of our Spay/Neuter Clinics on the
The Neuter Scooter June 1-7 2009
It was a whirlwind of a week as hundreds of cats
were recently trapped, then spayed and neutered in seven days at
five locations on the Big Island. Veterinarian, Dr. Tess Peavy DVM
and her incredible team neutered and scootered their way around
the island and left 416 cats sterilized in their wake. This included
333 feral/colony cats, as well as 83 owned/domestic cats. In addition
to the Big Island, the Neuter Scooter went to Oahu and Maui the
week before and after they came here.
Left - The Peavy/Armendariz family.
The Neuter Scooter began in 2001 and since then they have spayed
or neutered over 73,000 cats! They do this for a living and a lifestyle:
preventing more unwanted kittens from being born and saving cats
from years of suffering the fate of producing kittens year after
year. They were here in February and did 160 cats (130 feral/colony
cats & 30 owned/domestic cats) at one clinic in Kailua Kona.
So far Dr. Peavy is licensed to do clinics in Indiana,
their home state, Hawaii, Illinois, Florida, Ohio and Oregon and
can spay or neuter up to 200 cats a day. Check their web site for
more information: www.neuterscooter.com
In June 2009 advoCATS sponsored three clinics
on the west side and Hui Pono Holoholona (HPH) and Rainbow Friends
each sponsored one on the east side. These are all volunteer, 501
C 3 organizations. Complete Big Island clinic results:
Kailua - June 1st - Surgeries started at 10:30
am finishing at 11:00 pm. 60 females spayed, 42 males neutered,
plus 15 owned cats.
Kohala - June 3 - Surgeries started at 11:00 am
finishing at 6:00 pm. 26 females spayed, 31 males neutered. No “owned”
cats at this clinic.
Ocean View - June 5th - Surgeries started at 11:00
am, finishing at 6:30 pm. 46 females spayed, 47 males neutered,
plus 5 owned cats.
Mt. View - June 6th – Surgeries started at
10:00 am and finished at 4:30 pm. 32 females spayed, 24 males neutered,
plus 23 owned cats.
Hawaiian Paradise Park - June 7th - Surgeries started
at 10:00 am and finished at 4:30 pm. A total of 25 males and females
spayed or neutered, plus 40 owned cats.
At the Kailua clinic there were two litters of
kittens born. One litter was born after the mother was trapped the
night before the clinic and the other litter was born right at the
clinic. Both mothers were spayed and returned to their kittens that
same day and are now being fostered by an advoCATS volunteer.
We had a special and unexpected volunteer at the
Kailua clinic: Dr. Erik Baulis (left) a General Practitioner from
Tasmania who was on vacation and visiting an advoCATS volunteer.
He was a big help tipping the cats ears and we had fun teasing him
about what he would tell his friends back home that he did while
vacationing in Hawaii.
At the Kohala clinic Dr. Peavy delivered a litter
of kittens by caesarian while the mother was being spayed. The kittens
were full term at the time of surgery. A volunteer foster mom ended
up taking over when the young mother refused to take on the job
of nursing. At this clinic we also had a human doctor volunteering:
Joe Triggs (below) who enjoyed helping as well as observing the
Dr. Peavy complimented the advoCATS volunteers
by saying we are one of the best organizations she has seen. She
said we are very organized and nice to work with and we bring more
cats to her clinics than any other group.
It takes a tremendous amount of time to organize
these clinics and make them run smoothly. There were dozens of volunteers
who worked at the clinics, as well as those who trapped and transported
cats, organized and moved the traps and supplies to various locations,
prepared food for volunteers and provided the Neuter Scooter family
Normally cats come to the clinics in traps and
cat carriers, but one tiny kitten came to our Ocean View clinic
as a stow-away in a car engine! Tiny mews were heard in the parking
lot and someone realized they were coming from a car. After inspection,
two tiny eyes were seen peering from inside the engine of a volunteer’s
car. It was quite an ordeal to get the kitten out and then catch
it after it got away. The volunteer had no idea where the kitten
came from, but it was neutered just the same and is now being tamed
and fostered by an advoCATS foster mom.
At our Ocean View clinic, another kitten was suffering
so badly from worms and fleas it was very anemic. Dr. Peavy said
if it were not treated it would die, so she administered medications.
Later the kitten was having respiratory problems and needed special
attention, so Dr. Peavy asked to take the kitten with her to their
next location in Keaau. In the mean time she kept the tiny kitten
inside her shirt to keep it warm. Later on in the day, vet tech
Terri fell in love with the little thing after helping to care for
it and wanted to adopt it and take it back to Indiana with her.
In our opinion, the kindness and dedication from this team is unsurpassed.
We are especially grateful to Dr. Peavy and
her incredible team for providing Hawaii with affordable spay &
neuter. The owners of domestic cats pay the Neuter Scooter $40.
per cat, the animal groups pay $20. for each feral or colony cat.
With everyone’s help, we are making a difference in the lives
of these animals.
is recognized internationally as the humane method of controlling
abandoned, homeless and feral cat populations.
The following is known as “The Vacuum Effect”
used with permission from Alley Cat Allies.
The fact is trap-and-remove does not work. “Trap-and-remove”
is a euphemism for capturing and killing feral cats, which is Animal
Control’s traditional approach to feral cats. Trap-and-remove
attempts may temporarily reduce the number of feral cats in a given
area, but two things happen: one, unsterilized survivors continue
to breed prolifically and, two, other cats move into the now-available
territory. This is known as the vacuum effect.
New cats will move in. Feral cats establish territories
based on the availability of food sources and shelter. When the
cats are removed from this environment, other cats move in to take
advantage of whatever sources of food and shelter are available
and continue to breed. The vacuum effect has been documented worldwide.
If you stop feeding feral cats, they will not simply
go away. A feeding ban will not make the cats go away and is, in
any case, arbitrarily enforced. Why? Cats bond to their territory
and are opportunistic scavengers that can, if necessary, survive
on garbage. Under a feeding ban, the cats suffer as they search
for new sources of food.
There is a solution. Trap, neuter, and return (TNR) lowers cat populations.
Here’s how it works. Colony cats are humanely trapped, sterilized,
and vaccinated. Young kittens (under 6 weeks of age) are removed
from the colony and adopted into homes if possible. Adult feral
cats are ear tipped for identification and returned to their outdoor
homes where their numbers gradually go down through attrition. It’s
TNR breaks the cycle of reproduction and lowers
cat populations. TNR is cost effective. TNR, which enlists community
volunteers in a comprehensive program, costs one-third to one-half
as much as trap-and-remove efforts. Why? Trap-and-remove endeavors
require continuous trapping and killing, is not supported by the
community, and is an unending budget expense.
We can make a difference and save lives. Together,
we can help people understand how effective the humane solution,
TNR, can be.
A seed was planted in 2005 when Dr. Michael Stoskopf,
a teaching veterinarian from the North Carolina State University
was visiting his parents here in Kona. His parents requested his
help with feral cats on their property. Dr. Stoskopf contacted
advoCATS, Inc. to borrow traps and get the animals neutered. He
attended a meeting of advoCATS, Inc. that summer and agreed to
solicit veterinarians for the surgeries if advoCATS could provide
the surgical space and support staff.
Sixty colony and feral cats from public parks
and shopping centers, from Waikoloa to Pahoa, were trapped, neutered
and released in a 2 day spay/neuter clinic in Kona. Kona Veterinary
Services hosted the clinic. Veterinarians; Doctors Robert Jordan,
Jenny Chartier, Bob Magnus and Jim Gressard donated their time
and made this clinic possible. The clinic, in conjunction with
advoCATS, Inc. all volunteered their services and supplies in
a humane effort to reduce the feral and abandoned cat population.
Dr. Stoskopf procured the help of teaching colleagues
Drs. Susan Jones and Kelli Ferris. They operate a mobile surgery
in North Carolina, funded by public grants, private donations
and the university for teaching students of veterinary medicine.
Their surgical unit travels the state with six surgery tables
and often neuters 150 cats a day. Drs. Jones and Ferris paid their
own travel expenses to Hawaii and volunteered their valuable experience
in the organization of spay/neuter surgery on a "mass production"
Frequently Drs. Robert Jordan and Jenny Chartier
donate the use of their clinic space, being centrally located
and roomy enough for the various phases from registration and
preparation to recovery. The volunteer support staff include dedicated
members of advoCATS, and other animal welfare groups on the island.
On behalf of advoCATS, Inc. our fondest purrs
and meows of thanks to all who participated and donated the goods
and services to make these mass spay/neuter clinics such a cooperative
success. Donations for the continuance of such programs are urgently
needed. If anyone wishes to help and participate in future events
please contact advoCATS at 327-3724.
advoCATS supports the Trap-Neuter-Return
Program to control over-population as well as to maintain good
health among the colonies. Once trapped, the cat is transported
to a local veterinary hospital. After examination, healthy cats
are then neutered, ear tipped (R-female/L-male), allowed to recuperate
from surgery and then returned to their colonies where the advoCATS
volunteer monitors their recovery. The advoCATS caregiver
reserves the right and assumes responsibility for any testing
or further medical care for an animal if he/she so chooses.
Kailua Kona Hawaii 96745
Phone: (808) 327-3724
Web Site: www.advocatshawaii.org