Support from State Spay-Neuter Grant Program will help Tip Me Frederick’s lifesaving work for community catsFREDERICK, Md. - (EINPresswire via NewMediaWire) - November 22, 2015 - Tip Me Frederick (TMF) is pleased to have received a grant from the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to help residents in Thurmont and other areas of northern Frederick County humanely manage the area’s community cats. The MDA’s 2-year old program is designed to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs euthanized in shelters across the state by providing competitive grants to local governments and animal welfare organizations that promote and provide spay and neuter services and educational outreach, with an emphasis on low income communities and populations.
“Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) is a humane alternative to the ‘trap and kill’ policies that historically have been used to address the overpopulation of stray and feral/semi-feral cats,” explains TMF founder and president, Barbara Wratten. Trap and kill, however, has been repeatedly proven ineffective, cost-prohibitive, and is considered inhumane by many citizens. In contrast to trap and kill, trap/neuter/return methods, like the ones used by TMF, capture homeless, free-roaming cats to sterilize, vaccinate, and then return them to their 'outdoor homes' to live out their natural lives without reproducing. It is the widely accepted, humane method of controlling the number of free-roaming cats.
TMF is honored and very grateful to receive the award. “This grant will allow us to provide free sterilization and vaccination services to our community cat caregivers in Thurmont and northern Fredrick County,” says Wratten. “In collaboration with our grant partners, Spa Spay and Neuter Nook (http://www.spayspa.org), Davidsonville, MD, and Cuddles Cat Rescue (www.cuddlescatrescue.com), Thurmont, MD, we will perform 600 free spay/neuter surgeries over the next 12 months.”
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