National Feral Cat Awareness Week 2011: “Spay that Stray”

We’ve been talking about it for weeks and it has finally arrived!  Since midnight, it is officially National Feral Cat Awareness Week!  And the theme this year is “Spay that Stray”.

In order to help you to get your ferals neutered/spayed, we have asked vets all over the county to offer discounts on spaying and neutering.  Be aware that the offer is only valid for feral cats.  We are delighted by the response we received and here is a list of the vets taking part (a few more might come on board on Monday):

For more information and advice, you can contact us at info@animalcaresociety.ie.  You can also contact the practice closest to you directly.  If you need help trapping, we will be happy to come and help you (note that we are already working on a few projects and that our availability might be limited); however, we are unfortunately not in a position to pay for the cost of the operation.

To celebrate this week and raise awareness, we will also be posting information on this blog on a regular basis.  Meanwhile, you can have a look at Feral Cats Ireland, a fantastic website full of interesting resources.

If you are interested in accompanying us on one of our trapping outings, you can contact me at emilie@animalcaresociety.ie.  We will be happy to bring one or two people with us.  Note that we will limit the number of persons coming with us.  Patience is key in such interventions as trapping can take a long time and we cannot determine in advance how long it will take.

Finally, I would like to bring to your attention the Forgotten Felines Protest taking place in Dublin this Thursday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm outside Leinster House.  The aim of the protest is to ask for a change of legislation (actual legislation dates from 1911) and for more funds from the government to get cats neutered.  If you can go up, please, go and lend your voice to the felines, who are too often regarded as vermin in this country.

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