Meet George of Mendota! George was our 200th cat to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and returned to his outdoor home where he will continue to receive loving care from his human family. George will no longer be populating the neighborhood, roaming in search of mates, fighting with other tom cats over mating, spraying and marking will be drastically reduced or totally eliminated, and he will be happier and healthier for it!
George lives in a colony of 18 barn cats, and we’re so pleased that every single one will be spayed or neutered by the end of next week, ending the constant cycle of spring kittens for this family. As long as the family spays or neuters any newcomers who might appear or be “dumped” at their farm, their colony of 18 cats will gradually go down over time now. Should they require more cats for rodent control in the future, we will place new healthy, sterilized barn cats with them that must be relocated or that are facing euthanasia.
George’s farm is one of many colonies that we have successfully stabilized, meaning that every single cat has been sterilized and the colony is at 0% population growth. Time and time again we hear from these families “It is such a relief to walk into the barn and know I am not going to hear the faint ‘meow’ of kittens ever again!”