To: Spay Neuter Assistance Program, Inc. d/b/a SNAP 2 IT
From: Diana Smith Evans
Director – Black Russian Terrier Rescue Association, Inc.
Date: April 7, 2012
Subj: Feral Feline Animal Spay & Neuter Operations
I have been director of the Black Russian Terrier Rescue Association, Inc, for the past four years. I have been involved in the rescue operations for this breed since 2001. On Sunday, April 1, I had a rescue experience that I need to share.
A few weeks ago, I learned that two octogenarian neighbors had been feeding a group of feral cats. These senior citizens were unable to financially or physically do more than provide food for these unfortunate creatures. Knowing nothing about feral cat rescue, I contacted Spay Neuter Assistance Program, Inc. d/b/a SNAP 2 IT. Ms. Kyla Jones of the Spay Neuter Assistance Program, Inc. stepped forward and volunteered her time and expertise to rescue the cats.
I watched in amazement while the havahart traps were set with expertise on an 83 degree Sunday afternoon. Hours went by while one after another of the wild creatures was captured. The home owners stated that there were twelve cats. Ms. Jones caught seventeen adult cats and rescued four 2-3 day old kittens. Ms. Jones never complained while she waited quietly hour after hour in the heat. Each cat that was captured was treated with care and expertise to ensure the animals and her own safety.
On Monday all the cats were spayed, neutered and given shots. Following the spaying and neutering, I was informed that there were at least four cats that had delivered with in the past few weeks. The veterinarian expected one litter of 4-6 days, one of 5-6 weeks, one 3-4 weeks, and the one litter of four 3 day olds which Ms. Jones already rescued. A review of the bushes and out buildings provided the missing kittens. Ms. Jones was correct those kittens which were hiding become quite vocal when they are hungry and hear the rustling of leaves thinking it is their mother. One litter provided six more 3-4 week old kittens. A second group provided a mixture of four two week olds, and four three day old kittens. If you have lost count that is seventeen adult cats some of whom were pregnant and others that left eighteen kittens on the ground. As a follow up to ensure that no breeding animals were missed, I called the owners of the property. It appears that there are two cats which were not captured and four little kittens. These cats and kittens will be trapped by Ms. Jones in the next few weeks.
The calculation of the number of cats which could have spread through this subdivision is frightening. Seventeen breeding adults captured and two more to be captured. Eighteen kittens to be homed and four more 3-4 week old kittens to be captured. Each of the female cats and the kittens, which mature at 6-9 months, would have been pregnant by next spring. The mind boggles at the possibilities.
Ms. Jones captured the cats, had them neutered/spayed, given shots and returned within two days. A commendable feat which ensures the health of the animals as well as the welfare of the community. Every step of the process was handled with the highest degree of professionalism. In the years that I have been involved in rescue operations, rarely have I experienced an animal rescue being managed with a higher degree of concern for the animals. Each of the animals was individually housed in a crate or carrier that was sized appropriate to that animal. Ms. Jones succinctly described her broad concentration on the welfare of all the animals, while not disregarding the individual needs of each animal. That such dedication is consistently demonstrated is testament to the quality of the individuals managing and staffing this organization.
Diana Smith Evans