Rock Creek Cats, a Kensington, Md.-based nonprofit helping less fortunate felines in the Washington, D.C., area, announced Oct. 16 that it has reached an important milestone: getting 1,000 feral and stray cats spayed and neutered.
Most of these surgeries have occurred over the past few years.
“Rock Creek Cats is proud of this accomplishment, which would not have been possible without the hard work of our volunteers and the generous support of our contributors,” said Marc Selinger, Rock Creek Cats president and founder. “Getting 1,000 outdoor cats sterilized and vaccinated has not only made those felines healthier but has prevented thousands of unwanted, vulnerable kittens from being born on the street.”
“But we can’t rest on our laurels, as there are many cats who still need our help throughout the D.C. area,” Selinger added.
Through a process known as trap-neuter-return (TNR), which is becoming increasingly popular nationwide, Rock Creek Cats humanely traps feral cats (i.e. those who live outside and are not socialized to people), gets them spayed/neutered and vaccinated, and returns them to their outdoor environment, while ensuring they have food and shelter. TNR averts the birth of kittens, who are ill-equipped to live outdoors; prevents the feral population from getting out of control; and reduces the number of cats who end up in overloaded, “high kill” shelters. TNR also reduces fighting among unneutered males, and reduces the likelihood of certain diseases among male and female cats.
When Rock Creek Cats comes across friendly or “stray” cats who live outside and who are good candidates for adoption, the organization gets them spayed/neutered and vaccinated and fosters them until they are placed in loving, permanent homes.
Rock Creek Cats is an all-volunteer, federally recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It receives no government funding and relies on tax-deductible donations to support its activities.