Bideawee and ARF team up to help East End wild cats
EAST END, NY – Two local animal rescue groups recently teamed up to help the feral cat population in the East End.
The Hamptons Animal Rescue Fund has partnered with Bideawee on this initiative. On December 9, ARF traveled west of the Bideawee facility in Westhampton for the first of what will be monthly spay / neuter clinics to treat the feral cat population in Suffolk County, said the ARF.
The ARF medical team, led by medical director Dr Christine Asaro, vaccinated and sterilized 30 feral cats “to reduce the exponential growth of stray cats and the suffering of countless kittens in the future,” said the ‘ARF.
The surgeries took place on the ARF mobile sterilization / sterilization van in Bideawee, and ARF staff and volunteers handled the admission and recovery of the cats at the Bideawee facility, said. organizers.
For years, ARF and Bideawee have battled the same problem separately using the Trap-Neuter-Return, or TNR, approach, which organizers say is the most “humane and efficient” way to manage the feral cat population. .
Since its inception in 1997, the ARF’s “Operation Cat” program, known as Op Cat, has modified and
vaccinated over 28,000 stray cats in Suffolk County.
An extensive network of volunteer keepers also provided food and shelter to the cat colonies, ensuring that the cats remain healthy as their numbers decline over time, due to TNR, the ARF said.
In 2019, Bideawee assumed responsibility for the Feral Cat Initiative, formerly led by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, which has helped more than 200,000 feral cats. FCI is a source of information for the public in areas such as free training and support, as well as access to resources and services to promote TNR and a responsible colony
The FCI plays a key role in directing colony guardians to TNR services like Op Cat, the ARF said.
“As long-time TNR advocates, we are thrilled with this exciting partnership between our organizations. TNR is saving countless kittens from birth to our streets and keeping Long Island cats safe and healthy.” said Leslie Granger, CAWA, president and CEO of Bideawee. “Thank you to ARF and to everyone who contributed to the success of this partnership.”
ARF CEO and Executive Director Scott Howe added, “It is essential that animal welfare organizations work together to achieve their common goals, and Bideawee is one of ARF’s essential partners.
The next clinic is scheduled for Thursday, January 13. Free appointments must be made in advance online here.