FOCA Rummage Sale For Feral Spay /Neuter Clinic
RE: FOCA Announces Feral Spay /Neuter Plans with Rummage Sale
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friends of Companion Animals, Monroe County’s only all cat rescue and adoption center, continues fundraising for a low cost feral spay/neuter clinic. The all-volunteer, nonprofit rescue established in 2011 is seeking donations to help fund the project, which would make it the only low-cost spay neuter clinic between Toledo and Downriver Detroit. They will kick off the endeavor by hosting their second Indoor Rummage Sale fundraiser Wed – Sat April 19-22.
Director Penny Bly states, “The hoarding cases we experience from three years are a prime example of how rapidly cats can reproduce and why we stress the importance of spaying and neutering pets, especially outdoor feral cats. Monroe, like most areas, has a serious overpopulation problem. As a rescue and adoption center, we find cats homes, but that’s only treating the symptom and not addressing the root problem. So, the only logical step is to host a spay neuter clinic in the events center next to the shelter.”
The clinic plans to serve only outdoor feral cats found by FOCA’s TNR program and by local Monroe County citizens who want to control the population of colonies they maintain. The cost is to be determined but it will include the spay/neuter, ear tip (where the top part of the ear is clipped to show it’s been altered) and a rabies vaccine. The low-cost service will try to remain competitively priced with nearby overworked low-cost clinics and help lessen their burden. The fundraising so far has garnered around 10K but they still need more funds to get things running.
“Local low-cost clinics in southeast Michigan are overwhelmed. But with financial support from the Monroe County community, and local businesses, Friends of Companion Animals will be able to help lighten the load and address the issue head on.At least four licensed veterinarians continue to support the clinic idea and plan to be a part of the solution by performing the surgeries so now it’s a matter of fundraiser, which this sale offers.”
Starting April 19th to the 22nd, FOCA will have their Indoor Rummage Sale. It’s a rain or shine event where everything that’s raised will go toward the evolution of the new spay neuter clinic. In addition to the usual resale shop items, the sale plans to feature items not normally found in their store like furniture, office equipment, linens and other odds and ends. As for when the clinic will open, Bly says that depends on how much they raise and how soon.
“Essentially, the more donors we have who support the project, the sooner the clinic doors will open to area residents. We realize that times are tough financially for many people, but we’re hopeful that those who have the means – whether it’s individuals or businesses – will see the necessity here and contribute to the cause.”
If you can’t attend but want to contrbute to FOCA
To learn more or to contribute to the cause visit their site at www.friendsofcompanionanimals.org today.