Good Samaritan Cares for Cast-Offs

Feeding feral cats

Dinnertime for the cats in Terri Poole's colony

Terri Poole has used SAAC feral cat coupons for 11 of the 20 or so cats she takes care of at her apartment complex.

Tenants come and go. Some leave their cats behind, thinking they can fend for themselves. Terri started taking care of them about two years ago when a beautiful black mamma cat had a litter of kittens and was moving them from patio to patio on the property.

Terry still has several of the grown kittens from this litter in the colony. She says they know her voice and one sleeps on her porch.

“If not for this program, the cats would have been trapped and turned over to be destroyed,” Terri said. “Having the SAAC vouchers is the only way I am able to keep things under control and not go into debt trying to help these kitties.”

“I do want to thank you for having this program available,” she said. “I’m not considered low-income but I’m not rich by any means. This program allows me to help out with the cats in my area and keep them safe and happy and able to live a better life. They are all beautiful and deserve a chance at a decent life, at least the best I can provide for them.”

Through SAAC’s Feral Cat Assistance Program, colony caregivers can request coupons to be redeemed at participating vet clinics. They pay just $10 for the surgeries, and SAAC subsidizes the remainder of the cost.

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spay/neuter controls feral cat colonies

The feral cat colony managed by Eleanor Tanaka.

SAAC Helps Caregiver Alter 60+ Cats

For Eleanor Tanaka, a routine sales call turned into a mission to save dozens of cats.

When calling on a longtime client, Eleanor discovered a colony of cats, including several kittens, living behind a warehouse. Deeply disturbed by what she saw, Eleanor knew the number of cats would continue to grow out of control unless they were spayed and neutered. So she took it upon herself to make that happen.

Eleanor turned to the Sacramento Area Animal Coalition’s Feral Cat Assistance Program to obtain “coupons” for low-cost spay and neuter surgeries. To date, she has had 60 cats altered, and just a few remaining cats need to be “fixed.”

“Spaying and neutering this many cats simply would not have been possible from a financial standpoint without the SAAC Feral Cat Coupon Program,” Eleanor said. “In addition, SAAC assisted by connecting me to a volunteer to help with a place to recoup several of the cats after surgery. Finally, SAAC has been a great resource for communicating to rescue groups. It allowed me to find a foster for the two kittens in my care currently.”

Through SAAC’s Feral Cat Assistance Program, colony caregivers can request coupons to be redeemed at participating vet clinics. They pay just $10 for the surgeries, and SAAC subsidizes the remainder of the cost. Learn more >>

 

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