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Please don't take stray and feral cats to the local, open admission, county shelter where they'll be killed (9 out of 10 cats are euthanized). Instead, be a part of the humane and compassionate solution and spay/neuter your pets and the stray and feral cats in your neighborhood. Please provide shelter from inclement weather. We use feral villa houses, home made shelters with straw, lectro kennel pads, microwaveable disks, heated water bowls, and more.Contact us for ideas.
***We have vouchers and provide spay/neuter assistance for the spay/neuter of stray and feral cats to people of any income in the Cincinnati counties of Hamilton, Butler, Warren, and Clermont. Just contact us.***
SCOOP has funded the spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations for 1000 cats since 2007!
Want to help us continue to serve the community through our voucher program, or sponsor one of the SCOOP feline residents? Please donate to PayPal below. Thank you!
Huge yard sale on June 22nd. Location to be announced. We are still accepting items. A tax receipt will be provided. Please come see us on May 10th at "Oakley After Hours." We'll be at Confetti Cats located at 3184 Madison Rd. (45209).
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"Have a Heart" Program
SCOOP has 10 cats who have been diagnosed with some form of cardiomyopathy, or are being monitored. Among the special needs cats at SCOOP, this is the most expensive medical issue to monitor and treat. The cost can exceed $1,000 each year per cat, and much more when a cat is in the final stages of heart disease. Treatment extends the life of these cats and improves their quality of life. Sadly, SCOOP has lost four cats to heart disease: Squirrel at age 10, Toby at age 12, Archie at age 6, and Izzy at age 12. Donations to our "Have a Heart" program will assist us in providing the best possible medical care to these cats who suffer from heart disease. All donations are tax deductible. Thank you!
Who We Are:
SCOOP is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), organization that promotes the compassionate treatment and well-being of the feline population. We are completely staffed by volunteers and our board members receive no pay. All proceeds benefit cats and the community. Our major focus is to provide a spay/neuter and vaccination voucher program for people of any income who help stray and feral cats, called free-roaming cats. We do not have the resources to provide direct trap-neuter-return (TNR) services, but rather we provide financial assistance, education, and consultation to those interested in helping stray or feral cats. Since 2007, we have assisted in funding the majority, or all of the cost, for the spay/neuter and vaccinations of 1000 stray and feral cats!
While SCOOP has several foster homes, SCOOP does not have a shelter and cannot assist community members with their rescued cats, or pet cats being relinquished.
For $10.00 you can buy a rabies or distemper vaccination, for 35.00 you can buy a spay/neuter, for $45.00 you can buy a spay/neuter and rabies vaccination package, and for $55.00 you can buy a spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, and distemper vaccination package. Thank you for your donation and support of our mission! A tax deductible receipt will be sent to you.
A few SCOOP Cats:
Pretty and her kitten, Tabitha Gabe, taking notes! Gus
What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) that SCOOP advocates?:
SCOOP advocates the proven technique of TNR for humanely reducing the stray and feral cat population. TNR is a program that allows outdoor stray and feral cats to continue to live outdoors after being humanely trapped, sterilized, and vaccinated. These cats then have lifelong caretakers who provide food, water, and shelter. Often, stray cats and kittens, or young feral kittens, are tamed and adopted. Research shows that TNR helps reduce the number of feral and stray cats in communities. The technique was brought to the United States from Europe in the late 1980s. It works by breaking the cycle of reproduction.
Eighty one percent of Americans believe that leaving a stray or feral cat outside to live out its life is more humane than having the cat caught and killed. Even when asked to assume that a stray or feral cat will die by being hit by a car, 72% of Americans believe it's still more humane to let the cat live in its outdoor home. Euthanasia at animal shelters is the number one documented cause of death for cats in the United States. It costs more taxpayer dollars (three times as much) for the cat to be trapped, held, killed, and disposed of at the county shelter than it does to humanely trap, sterilize, vaccinate, and release the cat back to its outdoor home where it's provided food and water by caretakers. The breeding stops, nuisance behaviors of unspayed and unneutered cats stop, and disease and malnutrition are greatly reduced.
What is a feral cat?
Feral cats are unsocialized to humans. Stray cats have been abandoned or lost, and they can become feral over time. Typically, stray cats can be re-socialized and adopted.
Where do feral cats live?
Feral cats live in yards, parks, barns, college campuses, deserted buildings, near restaurants, in apartment or condo developments, etc. Where there are food sources and shelter, there are cats.
How many stray and feral cats are there?
In the United States, it's estimated that there are between 60 to 100 million stray and feral cats.
Won't these wild cats carry rabies?
Rabies is overwhelmingly a disease of wildlife such as raccoons, bats, skunks, and foxes. Cats are not a primary vector of rabies. From 1990 to 2006, only 38 people died from rabies in this country, and not one was contracted from a cat.
What about wildlife, such as birds, that cats kill?
Cats are not the cause of wildlife depletion--humans are. Studies show that the overwhelming cause of wildlife depletion is destruction of natural habitat due to manmade structures, chemical pollutions, pesticides, and drought.
Does trap and remove work as well as TNR?
"Trap and kill" does not work. Where there are food sources, feral and stray cats establish territories. If you get rid of the cats in that area, then more cats quickly move into the area and this is called the "vacuum effect." These unsterilized cats will breed. Colonies of cats will remain relatively stable and when all of the cats are fixed in those colonies, that means no more kittens.
Who does TNR?
People from all walks of life are assisting with this compassionate solution--doctors, teachers, lawyers, business owners, police officers, construction workers, etc.
What about the diseases being spread by these outdoor cats?
House cats and feral cats contract feline AIDS and leukemia at the same rate--about 4%. Stray and feral cats cannot spread these diseases to people, or to other animals.
SUPPORT OHIO SPAY/NEUTER PROGRAMS
Any registered automobile owner in Ohio is eligible to purchase an Ohio Pet Specialty License plate and all proceeds will go to the Ohio Pet Fund, a non-profit corporation. Money in the fund will be used to support spay/neuter programs for dogs and cats in Ohio, and for the educational programs about the proper veterinary care of those pets.
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