Additional TNR/Community Cat Blackout Date for Santa Cruz Vet Clinic

Upcoming Santa Cruz Vet Clinic BLACKOUT DATES

NO TNR (SO DO NOT TRAP) or Community Cat Medical Care will be available on the following dates:

NOV 19th

NOV 25th

DEC 24th

DEC 31st

If you have an URGENT medical need or EMERGENCY need for a community cat (feral, stray, etc.) during these times (or weekends) take them to Pima Pet Clinic at 4832 E Speedway Blvd, but call first at 520-327-5624 to let them know you’re coming and for what reason, they should at least stabilize the cat and turn them over to PACC for further veterinary care.  *If you are willing to foster the cat for recovery be firm but polite  in asking that they document this and include your contact info so that PACC will contact you for fostering. This will be least stressful for the cat if you are the cat’s caretaker and improve the cat’s chances of being treated ( assuming the cat is not euthanized at either place).  You will not be told what happens to the cat unfortunately (unless they call you to foster) but we may be able to help find out if the cat made it to PACC if you contact us:  tucsonferal@gmail.com

***PLEASE NOTE: Santa Cruz may have other blackout dates they post at the last minute so check their Facebook page if possible.

Santa Cruz Vet Clinic Upcoming BLACKOUT Dates

Upcoming Santa Cruz Vet Clinic BLACKOUT DATES

NO TNR (SO DO NOT TRAP) or Community Cat Medical Care will be available on the following dates:

NOV 19th

NOV 25th

DEC 24th

DEC 31st

If you have an URGENT medical need or EMERGENCY need for a community cat (feral, stray, etc.) during these times (or weekends) take them to Pima Pet Clinic at 4832 E Speedway Blvd, but call first at 520-327-5624 to let them know you’re coming and for what reason, they should at least stabilize the cat and turn them over to PACC for further veterinary care.  *If you are willing to foster the cat for recovery be firm but polite  in asking that they document this and include your contact info so that PACC will contact you for fostering. This will be least stressful for the cat if you are the cat’s caretaker and improve the cat’s chances of being treated ( assuming the cat is not euthanized at either place).  You will not be told what happens to the cat unfortunately (unless they call you to foster) but we may be able to help find out if the cat made it to PACC if you contact us:  tucsonferal@gmail.com

***PLEASE NOTE: Santa Cruz may have other blackout dates they post at the last minute so check their Facebook page if possible.

PACC Has Resumed Some Assisted TNR!

Pima Animal Care Center has resumed some assisted Trap Neuter Return services. Eligible zip codes for drop off of humane traps AND transportation assistance are 86705, 85706, 85711, 85713, 85716, 85746. Call 520-724-5983 or email Community Cats@pima.gov. *Virgin trap sites (no trapping has been done in area before) and colonies over 5 cats may be given preference.

Santa Cruz Vet Clinic Update

There should be no problems getting the majority of medical issues for community cats funded when they are taken to Santa Cruz Vet Clinic for care.  Funding is absolutely in place without the public paying for community cats to get care (for most issues).  If you encounter problems please call us.

Important reminder that Santa Cruz Vet Clinic will be closed : May be an image of drink and text that says 'WE WILL BE UNABLE TO ACCEPT FERAL CATS ON THE FOLLOWING DATES: FRIDAY, MARCH 5TH FRIDAY, MARCH 19TH MONDAY, MARCH 22ND THURSDAY, MARCH 25TH THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT!'

 

Don’t Just Focus On Kittens

Curiously, it seems many are only interested in trapping kittens and not the adults that mated and then gave birth to them. Please understand kittens don’t appear from “the stork”. We see this issue of ignorning tom cats and waiting far too long to be interested in trapping moms with regular folks, shelters, rescues, and vet clinics alike. Adult cats, yes including that tom that only visits once every three days, are the reason kittens appear. In addition to preventing new kittens let’s have some compassion for those adult cats. Their lives are SO much better after they have been spayed/neutered and vaccinated, their risk for developing certain diseases, cancers, and conditions are either eliminated or greatly reduced as a result.

Examples:🐈🐈🐈🐈
-Hormonal driven territorial fighting decreases and is eliminated in many cases of neutered males, meaning far fewer injuries from fighting, less to no transmission of FIV from bite wounds through fighting, less likelihood of being hit by a car from roaming for a mate.
-Pyometra, a potentially life threatening infection of the uterus is eliminated when female cats are spayed.
-Mammary masses are far less likely when female cats are spayed.
-Less stress from reproducing and fighting means fewer upper respiratory infections that cause blindness and eye rupture as well and the inability to eat and groom which can lead to a decine in overall health.

These are GOOD things to eliminate and lower the chances of cats experiencing.

PLEASE, don’t give up on trapping after one or two days. Talk to us and then LISTEN to our advice, we KNOW how to trap these cats. We want to help you. TNR works. 💛💛💛💛

No TNR (even at night) until DAYS of EXCESSIVE HEAT are OVER this month.

Severe heat with warnings and advisories about heat dangers from NOAA are continuing, this is the hottest month of our summer….
EVEN though most people understand that TNR should only be done 7pm-7am in the summers here, we have had too many conversations with people that simply do not understand the effects of conducting TNR when a cat has been dealing with the physiological effects of living outside during very high temperatures. Even though it cools off some at night, the cat will still be recovering from having an organ removed for days afterwards. Would you want to have a full hysterectomy and spend the next week outside in 107+ degree heat trying to recover? So please, just be patient, the temps will drop soon enough and TNR will be safe again. Yes, there will be kittens born. This is a fact everyone has had to accept this year due to resource limitation with COVID. Please don’t endanger cats by subjecting them to surgeries and then making them heal the next several weeks in 110 degree temperatures. We PROMISE we will loan traps and help with TNR as soon as the temps drop to 105 or below.