Caring for the homeless cat population in Los Angeles, FixNation, offers free spay and neuter services to caregivers of community cats. FixNation uses Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), which is a community-based program that involves trapping homeless, free-roaming cats, getting them spayed or neutered, and then returning the cats to the exact spot where they were trapped so they can live out the rest of their natural lives. The group has more than 7,000 volunteers locally who do this.
FixNation sterilizes more than 70 cats each day and will have successfully trapped, neutered and returned 80,000 cats by the summer of 2012. To date, there are 7,076 volunteer trappers and caregivers that have embraced FixNation and contributed to these results.
With financial support from a major donor, FixNation launched in July 2007, but after this year that five year start-up grant has ended and officials with the organization say they’re on the verge of having to dramatically cut back operations in 2012.
“The shame of this is that we are making a huge impact, yet still have so much more work to do,” said Karn Myers, co-founder of FixNation. “Our charity needs charity in order to continue. Assembling all known TNR resources under one roof and applying them to the problem on a massive, full-time scale is something very few other organizations can do.”
The group, founded in 2007, also provides a free, full-time spay and neuter clinic for homeless stray and feral cats, plus low-cost, spay and neuter services for tame pet cats. The group loans out humane traps to the public free of charge, provides training on how to humanely trap feral cats and kittens, offers guidance and information on long-term care and management for feral colonies and engages in extensive community outreach activities. For more information, visit http://fixnation.org/.
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