WASHINGTON TWP., Ohio – Despite events continuing to cancel in response to Coronavirus and recommendations from governor Mike DeWine and the CDC, local animal activists continued with an event Monday.
President of PAWS of Muskingum County Teresa Hildebrand says the original plan was to have a spay and neuter mobile unit outside the John McIntire Library. After all branches of the Muskingum County Library Systems was closed, PAWS moved the unit to the parking lot of the Washington Township Fire Department.
Hildebrand says the organization is a spay and neuter service for companion animals of seniors, veterans, the disabled and low income families.
“The mobile units are actually open to the public. It’s open to everybody. Typically it’s $60 per cat. We’re gonna try to get a program going where it’s going to be $20 for a stray cat in a live trap. We’re trying to arrange that but right now it’s open to the public. We’re trying to get anybody and everybody to bring in their stray community cats to bring the feral cat population down.”
Hildebrand says it’s important to get any cat you’re feeding fixed. Even if they’re just a stray.
“They have a saying, ‘If you’re feeding it, please fix it.’ They can have two to three litters per year so one cat sitting on your front porch, it turns into five kittens. Three or four months later, it turns into another litter of kittens. You’ve got anywhere from 10 to 15 kittens in one year from one femal cat and then her females from the first litter are starting to reproduce. It becomes a population explosion.”
Hildebrand says about 30 animals were fixed during the event.
For more information on the organization and the mobile unit, call 740-221-7278.