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Be-Paws We Care discusses ongoing spay/neuter efforts

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Submitted by Be-Paws We Care

 

There is a lot of littering going on in Pickens County – and we may have an easy solution.

No, we’re not talking about littering in the form of fast food wrappers and plastic soda bottles, we’re talking about “cat littering”. Pickens County has a serious problem with unplanned litters of kittens and puppies born each year. Many survive only to grow up and produce more kittens and puppies. For example, a female cat that has not been spayed can easily have two litters a year – and each litter may have up to 6 kittens. If only half of those 12 kittens survive and only half of the

survivors are females, you can end up with 13 reproducing female cats in just 2 years. In a short time, you have colonies of cats all over the county. Unfortunately, Pickens County already has this problem. 

The solution is simple: we need to spay and neuter these animals.

That is where Be-Paws We Care (BPWC) comes in to the picture. BPWC is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) animal advocacy group serving Pickens County residents by offering low-cost spay/neuter services for pets. By partnering with CatSnip and Georgia Animal Project (GAP) last month, BPWC helped spay and neuter over 30 cats and 25 dogs. Plans are in place to host more of these Spay/Neuter clinics with CatSnip and GAP later this summer - so stay tuned.

BPWC recently implemented a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program to address the problem of community cat colonies in Pickens County. Volunteers set up traps in colony “hotspots,” the cats are humanely trapped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated against rabies and later returned back to the same colony where they were living. In time, the numbers of cats in the colony should reduce and hopefully, cat colonies could someday become a thing of the past. BPWC has already spayed/neutered, vaccinated and returned several adult community cats and rescued more than 50 kittens this year. Rabies is always a public health concern so the entire county benefits from the TNR program.

BPWC hopes to recruit additional volunteers to help with the TNR program by setting/monitoring traps, transporting cats to and from the vet, or by routinely feeding the cats once they are returned to their colony. If you would like to volunteer for this, please email BPWC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , message us at www.facebook.com/bepaws.wecare or call Kelly at 678-371-1799.  If you are strictly a dog-lover or prefer to help in other ways, we have many opportunities available and could use all the help we can get!

BPWC depends solely on donations to fund all expenses. If you would like to find out more about us or help by donating, please visit our website, www.be-pawswecareinc.com/donate or send a check to Be-Paws We Care, Inc., 361 Oaklands Dr., Talking Rock, Ga. 30175.  You can make BPWC your favorite charity online at Smile.Amazon.com or at Kroger; with each purchase they will donate a small portion of their profits to BPWC.

Please visit the online link to our Amazon charity at

http://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-4906928

Be-Paws We Care, Inc.  is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

Be part of the solution - spay or neuter your pet.