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Support sought for Trap-Neuter-Return program at Happy Cats Haven

By Laura Ettinger

       Ettinger volunteers with Happy Cats Haven, 1412 S. 21st St., a nonprofit that takes in a limited number of homeless cats and kittens and finds them homes. Adopters are welcome. For more information, call 635-5000 or go to happycatshaven.org.

       Did you know there are an estimated 10,000 abandoned cats in the Pikes Peak region? Abandoned, unspayed female kittens can get pregnant at 4 months old,
Happy Cats volunteer Sara Ferguson plays with two of the nonprofit's temporary residents in a file photo.
Westside Pioneer file photo
each producing hundreds more kittens in her lifetime. Without human care, cats - and especially kittens - in unmanaged colonies can experience great suffering from hunger, predators, disease and the elements.
       We take calls year round from people for our TNRCare (Trap-Neuter-Return) program. It's often the case that people with the biggest hearts for our outside feline friends have the fewest resources to help them. Our TNRCare program helps us help these outside-colony cats have decent lives, eliminating objectionable behavior like fighting and mating, and helping them be good neighbors. This in turn helps out the people in our community.
       We are continually distributing cat food to those who are managing outdoor cat colonies, so that they can keep these cats fed and cared for. During our April Foods Kibble Drive, we are asking supporters to drop off dry cat food (even bags that have been opened) to be used for the colony cats.
       You can also support them financially. A $30 donation to our TNRCare Fund goes directly to a spay or neuter which prevents hundreds if not thousands of needless feline deaths in our region, mostly in kittens. Please help us continue our TNRCare program by dropping by with your donations in April (or anytime!) during open hours: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m.

(Posted 3/28/16; Opinion: Guest Columns)

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