Cats, like dogs, are community animals that live with us in all our neighborhoods. While dogs do not enter gated communities, high walls and security is not a barrier for our agile community cats. They enter closed communities very easily and make themselves comfortable in corridors and in the basement. They are clean, quiet animals that prefer to keep to themselves.
The proposed idea of removing/relocating cats is very inhumane, strictly illegal and completely ineffective in tackling the issue of increasing numbers of cats in the complex.
The humane, legal and effective method of dealing with the booming population is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) which is procedure in which cats are caught safely in customized cages, taken to the veterinarian for sterilization/neutering and then returned to the community where they came from. Click here for more information on the TNR procedure.
Over time, the cat population stabilizes as resident cats are territorial and will not allow new, unsterilized cats to enter the community.
Cat lovers/feeders in the community should be encouraged to get friendly with the cats and begin sterilizing cats that are easy to handle. Feeding community animals is the fundamental responsibility of all Indians, as stated in our Indian Constitution – Article 51 (g). Organizations, institutions and organizations that have planned and executed the TNR program have seen first hand the permanent and positive results of TNR and learnt to accept community animals amongst them.
CUPA Hundred Cats Project in collaboration with Help Animals India
The Hundred Cats project aims to spay 100 community cats over a span of 3 months starting June 2017. These surgeries will be made available at a highly subsidized fee per cat to guardians of community/ stray cats.
If you are a caretaker to a stray female or male cat and wish to get them neutered, please follow the below steps:
1. Call the CUPA Office on 080 2294 7317 (between 10 am and 6 pm, Monday to Saturday) to provide details of your ward for a case confirmation number. Kindly note your unique case number for future reference.
2. Then call the CUPA clinic (between 8 am and 8 pm on all days) and quote your case number to schedule your surgery
3. Ensure that your cat has fasted for 12 hours before the surgery (no food and no water)
4. Arrive at the clinic at the designated day and time and wait while your cat is undergoing the surgery
5. Pay the subsidized fee and take your cat back home
6. Follow doctors prescriptions which may include painkillers or antibiotics for a few days
Please note: If you think your cat needs boarding before or after surgery, this can be provided based on availability and will be charged the full standard rate.
Any vaccination, follow up, check ups or dressing will need to be done at the clinic and guardians will be charged full standard rates.
We thank Help Animals India for stepping in with the generous offer to subsidize spaying for the first round of 100 community cats and hope that the success of this pilot batch will lead to expansion of the initiative in the near future.
Please call on 080 2294 7317 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for any further information.