You may have heard the recent good news that the City of Halifax has approved a $50,000 grant to spay or neuter feral cats in our community. Our goal is to get to as many of these cats throughout the municipality before the funding runs out. This exciting project, is starting soon as our first surgery day is June 8th. and will run through early fall. It is a partnership between Spay Day HRM and the Nova Scotia SPCA. But we can’t do it alone. This is a big endeavour and we are reaching out to volunteers and others for assistance.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
All of the cats who are spayed or neutered will go to a holding centre for a few days before and after their surgeries to be monitored and cared for by volunteers before being returned to their outdoor homes.
We are looking for donations of supplies for the cat-care area, which would include non-clumping litter, like Yesterday’s News, bleach, laundry soap, clear garbage bags, paper towels, or canned and dry cat food (no No Name or Special Kitty please). Drop off location to be announced soon.
We need trappers. If you have experience, that’s great, but we’re also looking for those willing to learn. Trapping generally takes place in the evenings after dark so we need folks available at that time. You also need your own transportation as trapping will take place throughout the city, including rural areas. Donations of live traps would also be welcomed.
We are looking for large and extra large wire dog kennels. We will need them from June until at least October.
We’re looking cat care volunteers to help care for the cats after their spay or neuter surgeries. Experience working with feral cats is an asset as this project is aimed at that population of cats in our community. You must be able to get to Burnside early in the morning or in the evening and reliability is perhaps the biggest requirement for this volunteer role.
We will be having a training and orientation session for volunteers. If you would like to participate, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org giving your address and contact information and let us know how you think you can help out.