P. O. Box 902, Hudson, New York 12534
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TNR for Feral Cats: Veterinarian Support Statement
My name is Dr. Sara Winikoff, and I am a Veterinarian in suburban New York.
I devote more than 50% of my practice to feral cats. I am writing to indicate my support for feral population control through spay/neuter, rather than random culling, which does not work to control the population, nor does it foster a more humane, compassionate society.
I spay/neuter approximately 200 cats per year, most of whom become very handleable within a day or two, purring and very content to be handled. We place the majority in homes, where they quickly become affectionate housecats, very happy to be indoors and not having to search for food or shelter. Those who are not quickly coming around are released back into their colony, where they live their lives without ever reproducing or contracting Rabies. The generous people who trap and pay for these cats, out of their own personal commitment to public service, continue to feed and care for these cats, often, bringing them in again, if they notice any illness.
These cats are not a menace, they are not aggressive, but rather timid, and great at controlling unwanted rodent population behind the grocery store or in the construction yard where they live. Randomly culling, or killing them, doesn't stop the numbers, it just perpetuates the killing. Masking the over-population endemic, this 'quick fix' process is an inhumane, and therefore unacceptable solution. An educated, compassionate, progressive society does not condone such irresponsible killings.
As a Veterinarian, my job is to insure the health of the whole population, both human and non-human, that cohabitate, and to serve as the spokesperson for the non-human species that I care for. I can testify to the success of Feral Cat TNR programs in more than 30 colonies in New York, Vermont, New Jersey. I have also traveled to several third world countries to initiate such programs, teaching local vets to continue this work, and teaching local lay people to manage their own populations with strong spay neuter programs. I could not be more of an advocate, and with my unique experiences, I can attest to the success of such a program, on a vast and varied worldwide scale.
If I can be of any further assistance or guidance, please do not ever
hesitate to contact me.
Sara Winikoff, D.V.M.
tele: (845) 348-SPAY
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Animalkind Inc.is a not-for-profit welfare, protection, rescue, rights organization dedicated to the compassionate care and humane population control of abandoned, feral and stray cats in Hudson, New York (Columbia County) and the surrounding area. We promote non-lethal prevention of an unwanted litter or litters of kittens through trap, spay, neuter, release (return), (tnr, TNR). An altered cat or kitten is released into a managed colony. Felines living in such colonies are assured kind daily care. Adoption to homes providing love and care for cats and kittens is encouraged. We also provide low or no cost spaying and neutering assistance to low income pet owners and help increase public awareness and education through the media, special events, and publications to promote compassion, respect, and kindness towards all animals. (d-24)
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