Cat overpopulation is a major issue in the United States. One contributing factor to the overpopulation is feral cats that have not been spayed or neutered. Without getting spayed or neutered, these animals continue to reproduce. Other pets that have been left on the street are unable to find a safe forever home or an available spot in a shelter.
Reducing the risk of overpopulation is possible, however. Every day, there are shelters and rescues across the country working to make their mark in lowering the amount of feral cats and the rate of euthanasia.
One of A Kind Pet Rescue is a nonprofit rescue in Akron, Ohio, and like all shelters, dedicated to saving the lives of animals. Typically, the rescue hosts 175 to 200 cats, with additional rooms specifically for cats with feline immunodeficiency virus and leukemia. In this way, the organization has made care available for these animals while also still giving them a chance at finding a forever home.
“In 2015, we adopted out nearly 2,200 cats and dogs, and our spay/neuter clinic performed its 75,000th procedure,” says Janis Worley, Manager of Advancement and Volunteer Programs. “We are the largest no-kill animal shelter facility in Summit County.”
The rescue organization also has a trap-neuter-release program through which it allows members of the community to bring in feral cats that they have gently trapped. To ensure these animals are treated fairly when they are trapped, the rescue outlines how to trap on its website. The shelter will spay/neuter the cat, give them a rabies vaccine, and ear-tip for an affordable price.
“One of A Kind Pet Rescue is dedicated to the rescue and care of homeless animals in imminent danger of euthanasia,” says Worley. “We are grateful for the donations we receive from our community, because every donation helps us to dedicate our funds toward food, medicine and care for our animals, and for that we are forever grateful.”
To learn more about One of A Kind Pet Rescue, visit: http://www.oneofakindpets.com/site/.
sWheat Shares™ is sWheat Scoop’s philanthropic litter donation program. Each sWheat Shares partner receives 2,000 pounds of sWheat Scoop® litter for use in conjunction with its foster and shelter programs. Through the rescue organization, sWheat Scoop also provides sWheat Adoption Kits to new cat owners. These kits include a 7-pound bag of sWheat Scoop® litter, a temporary and disposable litter box, a certificate of adoption and other items with helpful information to help get their cat/owner relationship off to a good start.