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Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project (FCSNP)

September 13, 2010

I am involved with the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project (FCSNP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless and shelter-bound cats in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. FCSNP’s mission is twofold. FCSNP strives to eradicate instances of unnecessary euthanasia by reducing the number of stray cats, and to raise awareness regarding the importance of spaying and neutering. Working in partnership with Regional Animal Services of King County and PetSmart stores, FCSNP provides shelter cats with a new chance to find homes, bringing the animals from the King County facility to a Saturday adoption site at the Issaquah PetSmart location. When cats are adopted, FCSNP takes careful measures to ensure that every animal receives all necessary immunizations, also testing for diseases such as feline leukemia. Moreover, FCSNP provides follow-up assistance to new pet owners, ensuring that spaying or neutering occurs within a reasonable period of time following the adoption. The spay/neuter services offered by FCSNP are entirely safe, humane, and included in the nominal adoption fee. When one cat finds a home, a place in the King County shelter opens up, allowing FCSNP to continue expanding the reach of its mission. Currently, FCSNP is preparing an innovative, highly beneficial project. In the near future, individuals who adopt a cat through FCSNP will retain the option to microchip their furry friends. Thousands of domesticated, loving cats enter shelters each year with no collars, tags, or other identification that might be used to contact their original owners. Shelters fill up quickly, and are often forced to turn away needy animals due to overcrowding. A microchip functions as a piece of permanent identification, allowing King County to contact a lost pet’s owners immediately. Just as spaying or neutering helps reduce the number of animals living in shelters, micro-chipping enables King County staff to return found animals to their loving homes. To learn more about how you can assist the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project and the Regional Animal Services of King County with their mission, visit www.feralcatproject.org or www.kingcounty.gov/safety.

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