About 20 feral and feral cats were spayed and neutered on Friday morning before being released into the community.
The Tahlequah Pets for Life offered a Community Cat Spay / Spay Clinic on September 17th. The free services were reserved for feral or feral cats, not pet cats with forever homes.
Dr. Tim Synar works for the Animal Medical Center in Muskogee and has performed all of the surgeries on cats.
Pets for Life is a program started by the Vinita Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter. PAAS is focused on providing assistance services to pet owners in Vinita and Tahlequah.
Clinics are held in Tahlequah on Thursdays and Fridays, every two months, at the Pets for Life Clinic, 304 W. Keetoowah St. Appointments are available throughout the day at the clinic, but the organizers have a system. They will normally take care of bitches in the morning and male dogs afterwards.
Services include sterilization or sterilization; rabies and other vaccines; heartworm testing; dewormer; and electronic chips.
“We have a great team here and they are doing a great job helping the community with food and medicine,” Synar said. “We have low cost wellness clinics here where we do vaccinations and heartworm checks. “
Tahlequah Animal Control Officer Vicky Green trapped several cats and brought them to the clinic. The cats were either spayed or neutered, then vaccinated against rabies and other vaccines.
Thanks to the Trap-Neuter-Release program, cats are returned to the community, but the work helps reduce future population problems.
The cat’s ear was nicked so animal control officers would know they had been spayed or neutered and vaccinated as part of the program.
Notching the ears is performed while the cat is under anesthesia after surgery, making it safe, clean, and painless. The notch is a protection for outdoor cats and lets those who trap cats know that the animal has already been repaired.
“They will have a notch in their left ear and if someone traps them they can look at it and say it has been spayed or spayed,” said Kassi Simmons, a licensed veterinary technician.
Pets for Life has been running sterilization clinics in Tahlequah for a little over a year. To date, approximately 3,000 surgeries have been performed.
As a non-profit organization, Pets for Life depends on donations to be able to provide services.
Green is urging residents of the county and town to contact her if they want to have their cats or dogs repaired.
“Give us a call and we can help you,” Green said. “We are working in partnership with the Oklahoma Humane Society and the Humane Society of Cherokee County to reach pet owners. Together, we keep animals in homes and out of shelters.”
For more information about a Pets for Life clinic, call 918-323-1780, or Green at 918-822-1969.