PetSmart Charities Grant Expansion to Provide Free Outdoor Cat Spay/Neuter in Gulfport & Biloxi

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Updated: 5/02/2014 5:03 pm
Funding is now available to provide free spay/neuter to outdoor/free-roaming cats in the City of Gulfport as well as the City of Biloxi. In November 2013, PetSmart Charities awarded the Humane Society of South Mississippi (H.S.S.M.) $61,000 to continue its targeted trap-neuter-return efforts in the City of Gulfport. Now, the focus area has expanded to include outdoor/feral/free-roaming cats in the City of Biloxi as well. Please call H.S.S.M. at 228-863-3354 ext. 127 if there are outdoor cats in your neighborhood or surrounding your business in order to take advantage of this limited funding.

“We are excited to be able to expand this funding from just Gulfport to Biloxi as well,” said Tara High, H.S.S.M. Executive Director, “It will give us the opportunity to target those cats in need in more of our community while we have support from a generous national organization.”

Community members are encouraged to call 228-863-3354 ext. 127 when they notice outdoor cats in and around their homes and businesses. The free program is available for residents throughout all of Harrison County, but the $61,000 grant from PetSmart Charities is aiming to make a marked impact by underwriting this service in the Cities of Gulfport and Biloxi. The project began in November of 2013 and has already spayed/neutered and returned XXX cats in Gulfport. In total the project aims to spay/neuter 1,500 cats before the end of the summer.

The Humane Society of South Mississippi (H.S.S.M.)’s “Community Cats” Trap-Neuter-Return (T.N.R.) program is working to end the needless euthanasia of stray cats in our community. Through this program, H.S.S.M. offers free spay/neuter to any outdoor/feral/free-roaming “Community Cats” in Harrison County. H.S.S.M. can assist from start to finish, sending out a technician to trap outdoor cats. They are then brought to H.S.S.M. for spay/neuter and a Rabies vaccination, and are ear-tipped (the top portion of the left ear is removed while the cat is under anesthesia) for easy identification.

Trap-Neuter-Return (T.N.R.) is the most humane and effective means of controlling the outdoor cat population in any area. T.N.R. has been proven effective in reducing the number of unwanted kittens born into a community while simultaneously reducing nuisance behaviors. T.N.R. stabilizes the outdoor cat population, which then naturally decreases with time.

Community members with questions or concerns surrounding this program or those with outdoor cats in their area are invited to call H.S.S.M. at 228-863-3354 ext. 127.
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