Cat Adoption Team Services (CATS) of East Providence has received a $30,000 Spay Me Grant from the Petco Foundation to help low-income pet owners and to help relieve the cat overpopulation problem in Rhode Island. The funds will be used primarily cat owners in East Providence, Providence, West Warwick, Central Falls and Woonsocket.
“Many people don't realize the intense need for financial assistance for spay and neuter to low-income pet owners, said Rita Falaguerra, of East Providence, director of CATS. “Additionally, we have a severe cat overpopulation in our state. Every year thousands of cats are euthanized in Rhode Island and many more remain homeless on our streets not only in our big cities but in our small towns as well.”
Cat overpopulation is a life-and death problem which can only be solved through spaying and neutering as it is 100% effective, she said. Statistics show one male cat can father 420,000 kittens in just five years.
CATS is an all-volunteer, non-profit. It goes to the Providence Petco every Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm to show homeless cats for adoption.