The Olga and Dorothea Dessin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has again teamed up with the nonprofit Eastern Pennsylvania Animal Alliance (EPAA) to combat cat over-population.
Dessin will offer 40 FREE feline spay and neuter surgeries and vaccinations, to feral or stray cats, through EPAA's surgical van on Tuesday, November 12, at Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Drive, north of Honesdale.
The event, titled "Avoid a CATastrophe!," is also made possible in part by a grant through the John and Helen Villaume Foundation and a donation from a community member who wishes to remain anonymous.
Certificates, for the EPAA van, and this community service, MUST BE OBTAINED IN ADVANCE at Dessin Animal Shelter, during business hours, beginning 11 a.m., Saturday, October 5.
The felines will receive spays or neuters, rabies vaccinations and required ear tipping. Certificates are available, two, per household, first come – first serve. They must be used, on November 12, in conjunction with this event.
As part of its humane education program, only stray and feral cats qualify. If you request information on how to capture a free roaming feline, please call the shelter at 570-253-4037. A limited number of humane traps are available for rent.
"In the United States, it is estimated that nearly 8 million homeless animals enter animal shelters, each year. Feral and stray cats are the most significant source of our overpopulation," says Dessin Society executive director Dara Coslett Granza.
Questions about the event should be directed to Dessin Animal Shelter at 570-253-4037.