Pet Community Center,Inc is a local 501-C-3 non-profit organization dedicated to “strengthening the human-animal bond and to ending pet overpopulation through spay/neuter, education and training” in Nashville and the surrounding communities. PCC is led by “a dedicated group of advocates who have extensive experience in animal welfare.” Their largest outreach effort is their program for spaying and neutering feral or “community cats”.
TNR is the practice of trapping feral cats in a humane live trap, spaying and neutering them, and returning the cats to their home territories once they have recovered from surgery. TNR is much more humane and less expensive than trapping and euthanizing the feral cat population. While under anesthesia, each feral cat is also marked with an ear tip on the left ear so future volunteers will know which cats have already been altered.
Spaying and neutering keeps feral cat populations under control while also helping the current population live safely and more peacefully. Neutered males are far less likely to urine mark or fight with other cats. Spayed females will not go into heat to aggravate the neighbors with their howling. Both neutered and spayed cats are less likely to wander from their home territory.
Ending Cat Overpopulation: Feline Fix
Stray and feral cats have always been a problem in Nashville and the nearby communities. PCC has an effective strategy that is already making a dramatic impact toward ending the problem of cat overpopulation in our community.
PCC volunteers network with members of the community to find feral cat colonies with large numbers of unaltered cats. Then they contact the owner of the property, when necessary, to get their permission to perform a TNR operation. Often times PCC learns about a colony when the property owner requests assistance.
After making an appointment at a local spay/neuter clinic, a group of PCC volunteers spends several days in a row, using multiple traps, to catch every adult and older kitten possible from the colony. The number of cats can range from as few as 1 to as many as 50 or more. All of the cats are spayed and neutered, given ear tips for identification, and released back to their outdoor home.
Fixing 100 Feral Cats for the Community
In honor of National Feral Cat Day on Sunday, Sept 30, Pet Community Center is holding a special feral cat clinic called “Feline Fix Frenzy” where they will be spaying and neutering 100 feral cats for the community. This will be similar to other large scale trap-neuter-return programs which have been held locally and nationally. Each cat participating will be spayed or neutered, ear tipped, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and given AdvantageMulti for fleas and parasites.
If you are interested in bringing one or more feral cats to the clinic, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. This program is only for feral cats and they must be brought to the clinic in live traps. PCC has some traps available for loan. The Cat Shoppe in Berry Hill also has cat traps available to borrow.
The Nashville Paw Foundation has donated $3,000 to sponsor the spay and neuter of these 100 feral cats. ValueVet is serving as veterinary partner for the event.
How You Can Help
Pet Community Center needs volunteers to help trap cats, transport cats, and to help with the event on the 30th. Volunteers with veterinary technician or feral cat experience would be especially helpful for the upcoming clinic.
PCC’s outreach efforts are funded entirely through the generosity of our local community, so donations are crucial to keeping this program running. A tax-deductible donation of just $25 pays to spay or neuter one feral cat.
If you would like to donate pet items, PCC is in need of the following supplies:
- canned cat food
- non-clumping cat litter
- puppy pads
- canned sardines in oil
- pet crates and carriers
- towels and blankets
Simply bring your items to the PCC drop-off location in Brentwood. All donations are tax-deductible.
Pet Community Center is currently spaying and neutering an average of 75 feral cats each month. That comes out to an average of 900 feral cats a year. Their whole-colony approach should significantly reduce the stray and feral cat population in our community over the next few years.