Maddie's Pet Project

27 rural feral cats get surgery as part of new effort at Nevada Humane Society

As part of a new program to provide veterinary services in underserved areas, 27 feral cats were taken March 31 to Nevada Humane Society’s clinic.

The cats were transported from several locations in rural Nevada, including Yerington, Silver Springs, and Carson City. They were spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and had a small corner of one ear removed, the international symbol for feral cats who have been altered. After recovering fully, the cats were then returned to the areas from where they were trapped.

The effort was a collaboration with Animal Rescue Group of Northern Nevada (ARGONN), Fallon Animal Welfare Group (FAWG), Carson Tahoe SPCA, and Nevada Humane Society, which received grant money from Maddie's® Pet Project in Nevada for the program.

Vanessa Stuart, president of ARGONN, said, “I’m absolutely thrilled that Nevada Humane Society held this clinic for the rural areas. We brought in cats from a Yerington mobile home park, and the residents there were extremely thankful and grateful for the help!”

In order to prevent more kittens from feral cats, there will be several more spay/neuter clinics held over the next few months. Cats will be brought in from Carson City, Fernley, Fallon, Silver Springs, Yerington, Wadsworth, and Lovelock. The clinics are not open to the public but serve the rural areas where there are high numbers of feral cats residing. By returning the spayed or neutered cats to where they came from, this helps stabilize and even decrease the overall outdoor cat population because otherwise a vacuum effect happens where other cats who can reproduce just fill the void left when cats are permanently removed from a location and continue the same reproductive cycle.

“As the main shelter in the area, we think it’s important to support other animal groups to make sure affordable spay/neuter services are available,” said Art Westbrook, chief operating officer of Nevada Humane Society. “We thank Maddie’s Pet Project for helping us to expand our efforts to rural areas in northern Nevada.”

Funding for Maddie's® Pet Project in Nevada is possible thanks to the generosity of the Nevada-based Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation, with support from Maddie's Fund®.

CAPTION: 27 feral cats were spayed or neutered March 31, 2019 as part of a collaboration with Nevada Humane Society, Maddie's® Pet Project in Nevada, ARGONN, FAWG, and Carson Tahoe SPCA.

Photo credit: Susan Paul/Carson Tahoe SPCA (cat) and Jaime Brown/MPP-NV (covered traps)

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