Ruff Start Rescue’s Community Cats Initiative

Over the last several years, Ruff Start Rescue has been dedicated to helping community cats. These cats are often dumped on properties or show up as strays and can quickly multiple. Occasionally, property owners will try to help the cats by providing necessities like food and shelter out of the goodness of their hearts. However, without utilizing spay/neuter surgeries to help control the population, these groupings can grow exponentially! As the number of animals on the property begins to increase, it becomes more and more likely that nuisance behaviors such as fights and marking will occur and disease may affect the colony.

This is where Ruff Start Rescue steps in. In an effort to curb cat overpopulation and reduce stress on well-meaning caretakers, we have built a Trap-Neuter-Return program in which we live trap these cats, alter and vaccinate them at no charge to the caretaker, and then release them back onto the property. Additionally, we also offer community spay/neuter assistance for those who have pet cats they need to sterilize but may not be able to afford to do so. Since 2014, we have provided spay/neuter funding assistance to 865 cats in our local community and brought multiple cats and kittens who needed a little extra help into rescue – like some of the cats pictured here. This year alone, we were able to take in and rehome 30 kittens from a colony and helped to get the remaining adults cats sterilized. We do what we can to provide food for colony caretakers and offer rubbermaid houses when available to protect the cats from the elements.

Without the generosity of our donors, we would not be able to fund such necessary programs for our local community. Thank you to all who have helped us make a difference so far! Without you, many of these animals would not have gotten a second chance – and there would be many more homeless pets in the world.

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