SPCA Helps Reduce Unwanted Cat Population

January 27, 2016

The Bermuda SPCA‘s CatSnip effort, a program which provides funding assistance to private cat owners to have their cats spayed and neutered in an effort to reduce the unwanted cat population, has reportedly been a success to date, assisting with funding for more than 275 privately owned cats at a cost of approximately $48,525.

A spokesperson said, “The cat overpopulation in Bermuda continues to be a problem and unfortunately, there are not enough people seeking cats to home them all.

“The Bermuda SPCA offers, CatSnip, a program which provides funding assistance to private cat owners to have their cats spayed and neutered in an effort to reduce the unwanted cat population.

“Spay/neuter is an effective and humane way to save animals’ lives. Spaying [for females] and neutering [for males] are common surgeries veterinarians perform to stop animals from having accidental, surplus litters.

“Preventing litters reduces the number of animals for whom resources are not available. By neutering or spaying a family pet one can actively help solve the problem of overpopulation and also curbs unwanted behavioural patterns associated with sexual maturity and reduces the risk of certain diseases in both male and female cats.”

Jodi Corbett, SPCA Education Officer, said, “Cats have the unique ability to reproduce several times a year, with the busiest mating season being in March/April with kittens arriving in May/June.”

“They can go into heat as early as 4 1/2 months of age – sometimes earlier, and they can have litters several times a year. That is why there is an endless cycle of homeless cats.”

Deborah Titterton Narraway, Interim Executive Director, said, “The CatSnip program has been running since December 2013, and to date we have assisted with funding for over 275 privately owned cats at a cost of approx. $48,525.

“The positive trend we see is that people are spaying/neutering their cats at a younger age, 71% of these cats are under the age of one year.”

“To apply for funding, visit the SPCA website and complete and submit the two-part application form. There is a mandatory $20 fee which covers the cost to have the cat microchipped and each applicant is asked to make an additional donation towards the spay/neuter surgery.

“Once the application is approved the cat’s owner can collect a CatSnip voucher from the SPCA and contact either Bermuda Veterinary Services, Endsmeet Animal Hospital, or Ettrick Animal Hospital to make an appointment for the surgery.

“On appointment day the vet practices accept the CatSnip voucher as payment. The vets do charge the SPCA for their services but at a deeply discounted rate as their contribution to reducing the numbers of unwanted cats/kittens in Bermuda.

“At the Bermuda SPCA all cats and dogs are spayed/neutered and microchipped before leaving the Shelter as part of the medical care included with every adoption. And although the SPCA’s CatSnip program focuses on privately owned cats, the feral cat population is receiving the same support through the Bermuda Feline Assistance Bureau [BFAB].”

For more information, visit the SPCA website, email info@spca.bm, or call 236-7333.

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  1. PWH says:

    Thank you….. the cats are a horroble problem!!!

    • Nanny Pat says:

      Yes, thank you SPCA but “people” are the problem – not the cats. Do you think these cats ASKED to be born and abandoned? Learn to be responsible pet owners, PEOPLE. Thank you.

  2. The Hon Edward N. T. Case. ABF BMF hons. says:

    Just go down Clearwater after dark and turn onto the big parking lot by the scrambling track. Continue to the far corner with your headlights on and you will at least 100 sets of eyes looking at you. It is freaky and a problem that will only get ten times worse. All this cat fancier stuff ain’t doing it. They need to go now.

    • Second says:

      Likewise Astwood Park! Try pulling out lunch or a snack to relax with and its like being in an old Alfred Hitchcock movie.

    • Izzypop says:

      They don’t want feral. Been there done that. Had a few feral at my house and asked for help and was turned down.

      • Hmmmm says:

        If people need assistance to pay for spay neuter why are they asking for $20 plus a donation towards the surgery? You can just take you animals along to BVS and pay for them yourself for a fraction more!!!

  3. Concerned says:

    If you see feral cats or strays that do not have their ear clipped (meaning they are spayed/neutered) then PLEASE contact the Bermuda Feline Assistance Bureau (BFAB). If you tell them where to go they will humanely catch the cats and take them to BVS to be fixed! It’s NOT the cats faults- people either dropped them somewhere abandoned or let their own cats out without fixing them, thus adding to the problem. Try to be kind to them as they did not ask to be homeless and assist in fixing the problem in the best way possible.