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Preventative measures help reduce homeless animal population

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that goes for the prevention of homeless animals in a community too!

Oregon Outback Humane Society is well on its way to the cure by decreasing the number of kittens being born in the Lakeview community.

Since receiving a $15,000 grant from PetSmart Charities in June of 2013, over 150 cats from Lakeview have been fixed.

“This grant builds on the spay/neuter work we have already done,” said Martina Keil, referring to two areas where a Targeted TNR (Trap Neuter Return) Program and a Targeted Low Cost Spay/Neuter for Companion Cats Program have been in effect since 2011. “We are really in a position to make a significant change here in Lakeview for the good of the cats and the good of the community.”

Less unwanted kittens is just part of it. Spaying and neutering the cats also decreases many unwanted behaviors people often complain about and increases the health and length of life for the cat.

The grant funds 500 free or subsidized feline spay/neuter surgeries through the MASH Clinics provided by Oregon Outback Humane Society.

“Any community cats (stray/feral) that are being cared for from Kadrmas Road north to the turnoff on Highway 395 to Plush/Adel and West to Roberta Road can be fixed for free. There is no charge. We even have very skilled volunteers to help you trap the cats,” said Keil.

People can also get help spaying and neutering pet cats thanks to the grant. “If you are having any financial difficulties it can cost as little as five dollars for your pet cat to be spayed or neutered,” she said.

Anyone who needs help altering an animal should call OOHS at 877-947-5009, extension 3, to see what kind of assistance they can receive.

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