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Feral cat populations are being lowered
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Editor, Ceres Courier,

I want to thank Harvest Presbyterian Church in Ceres for hosting the recent Kitty Tea Party and helping us raise money for the feral cat spaying and neutering program.

We made enough money to sponsor several low-cost spay/neuter clinics for feral and stray cats. For an appointment call Cat Network of Stanislaus County at 735-0604 or visit Spaying of female cats costs $20 and now is the time to spay or neuter cats before kitten season starts.

Cat Network of Stanislaus and Human Society of Stanislaus County sponsor these clinics and promote Trap/Neuter/Return, or T/N/R in our community.

T/N/R has officially moved into the mainstream in Stanislaus County. The movement started 23 years ago in the U.S. and is stronger than ever, saving lives of cats in communities across the nation.

The Stanislaus Animal Shelter is embracing T/N/R, a program in which cats are humanely trapped, sterilized and vaccinated against rabies and returned to their outdoor homes.

T/N/R has been demonstrably effective in stabilizing and reducing the population of feral and stray cats in this community and it has provided enormous cost savings to taxpayers because fewer healthy cats are entering the shelter and being killed there.

There is still much work to be done and I invite all to keep the momentum going to initiate positive changes and save lives of cats in our community. For more information call 809-5406. Be part of the solution and help Stanislaus Animal Shelter become a "no kill" shelter.

Karen Mosser,

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