Animal Alliance’s Saving Dinah explores the issues of lost, abandoned, and stolen animals. The research laboratories that buy pets—conveniently and falsely labeled “unadoptable”—from local pounds, and use them in experiments that can be agonizing, often leaving the animals maimed or dead. So we’d like to give two paws up to Calgary’s MEOW Foundation, another in Canada’s growing list of wonderful groups working to better the lives of abandoned animals!
Michelle Caplan, Manager of Marketing & Fund Development for MEOW, recently wrote us with a synopsis of just some of the work these compassionate people are doing:
MEOW Foundation is the only rescue organization in Calgary offering the three-pronged approach necessary to reduce and ultimately eliminate the homeless cat overpopulation problem. Together, our programs control the cat population at the source while promoting responsible pet ownership. We’re also building the foundation for a society that cares for all companion animals, one city at a time.
Our Three Core Programs:
Rescue and Adoption – Our Rescue and Adoption Program cares for and re-homes stray and abandoned cats and kittens. All cats admitted to the program are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, and given shelter at our Adoption Centre or at a foster home.
Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) – SNAP subsidizes the cost of feline spay/neuter surgeries for Calgarians financially in-need and promotes responsible pet ownership.
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) - Our TNR program is specifically designed to assist feral cats who do not have the level of socialization necessary for adoption into homes. Cats in this program are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, microchipped, and returned to their neighbourhoods. Trained community caregivers provide them with the essentials necessary for survival outdoors.
Why is TNR so important? On average, female cats have three litters of 4-6 kittens a year. Kittens born to feral cats often remain unsprayed/neutered and outdoors, further increasing the homeless cat population. MEOW Foundation’s TNR program effectively and humanely controls and reduces Calgary’s feral cat population, while providing these cats with the essentials necessary for survival outdoors.
Check out the amazing support from MEOW for one lucky little kitty – Oliver Twist:
Oliver Twist came to MEOW at the end of November after his rescuer noticed him hanging around with no place to call home. Soon after his arrival at MEOW’s Adoption Centre, it was apparent he wasn’t doing so great. When he went into be neutered, it was discovered he was missing several teeth, and had 3 broken ones that needed to be removed. Oliver Twist also had a mass on his neck and lip. The mass on his neck was removed and sent off for testing, and a drain was inserted. Unfortunately, the lab results for his neck mass showed it was cancerous. Throughout his extensive surgery and recovery, Oliver Twist was a trooper. He is now happy, safe, and receiving the care he so desperately needed. While the mass on his neck was successfully removed, MEOW can’t offer a long term guarantee the cancer won’t return, what we do know is that he deserves a loving home, so check Oliver Twist out on our Cat-a-logue!
If you would like to send your best wishes and donate to Oliver Twist’s recent surgery costs, visit www.canadahelps.org and select our Healing Hands Fund.
For more information about MEOW’s TNR Program or to report a feral cat colony, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: Due to limited resources, MEOW is only able to offer TNR services to cats within the city of Calgary.
THANK YOU, MEOW, for all you do for the animals!