Cat rescue groups collaborate to increase spay-neuter surgeries prior to the upcoming kitten season when kittens overwhelm local area shelters. The Venice Cat Coalition and St. Francis Animal Rescue are co-sponsoring the clinic, led by Dr. Andrea Bivens using her new 24-foot veterinary mobile care clinic to conduct the surgeries.
The mobile care clinic will accept 20 cats per day by appointment and is open to feral, free-roaming, stray or owned cats. Kittens as young as 8 weeks of age can safely be fixed if they weigh 2 lbs. or more, using new cutting-edge techniques known as “pediatric” surgeries. A donor made a generous contribution to the Venice Cat Coalition during its current Valentine’s Day fundraising campaign, which has now allowed us to start this new clinic.
Theresa Foley, executive director of the Venice Cat Coalition stated, “The donor’s money will make a direct impact on cat overpopulation. St. Francis is also providing financial support and the three day staging site for Dr. Bivens’ Medi-Waggin.”
Jan Chapman of St. Francis Animal Rescue also commented. “We are excited to be working with Dr. Bivens and the Venice Cat Coalition to make a greater impact in our community. Our current spay-neuter programs are not able to keep up with the need for more spays and neuters.”