|An amazing roster of 27 local veterinarians joined with the Animal Rescue Coalition and Venice Cat Coalition April 27 to recognize National Free Feral Cat Spay Day along with scores of other veterinarians nationwide.
ARC's medical director, Dr. Nan Rosenberry of Bay Road Animal Hospital neuters a feral cat.
Participating veterinarians spayed or neutered at least two feral or free-roaming cats free of charge. This special day was founded two years ago by the national nonprofit group Alley Cat Rescue in the hopes to strengthen the relationships between feral spay/neuter groups and veterinarians, and humans with stray/feral cats.
"This effort did create a sense of community among veterinarians, uniting them in the feral cat effort, and I was amazed by the positive response we received," says Caroline Resnick, feral cat program director. "Many of the veterinarians pledged to continue to work with feral spay/neuter groups, sterilizing cats all year long, which makes this a win-win situation not only for cats but for the entire community," Resnick added.
Dr. Greg Fluharty of The Animal Clinic in Port Charlotte.
While some of the participating veterinarians are already involved in Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) , many are new, which is widely recognized as the most effective and humane way to control free-roaming and feral cat populations. TNR involves humanely trapping feral cats, ensuring they are sterilized and vaccinated for rabies and distemper, ear tipped and returned to their original location into the care of an informed colony caregiver. Trap-Neuter-Return immediately eliminates the birth of unwanted kittens that already overload the county's shelter system, and also reduces the systematic killing of feral cats in shelters which are unadoptable because of their fear of humans.
ARC would like to thank the following veterinarians who have participated in this year's campaign:
Dr. Andrea Bivens Animal Medical Clinic of Punta Gorda
Dr. Emily Murphy Animal Rescue Coalition Mobile Spay Neuter Clinic
Dr. Don Swerida Animal Rescue Coalition Mobile Spay Neuter Clinic
Dr. Kate Cole Animal Rescue Coalition Mobile Spay Neuter Clinic
Dr. Jill Jackson Animal Rescue Coalition Mobile Spay Neuter Clinic
Dr. Laurie Walmsley Ashton Animal Clinic
Dr. Nan Rosenberry Bay Road Animal Hospital
Dr. Ronni Tudin Bee Ridge Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Cliff Myburgh Bright Cross Animal Clinic
Dr. Kevin Cronin Charlotte Animal Hospital
Dr. Randy Hitesman Choice Veterinary Services
Dr. Alexander Villarreal Collingswood Animal Hospital
Dr. Debbie Marks Florida Animal Care
Dr. Steven Groves Groves Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Teresa Smith Heron Creek Animal Hospital
Dr. Michael Reinhart Jacaranda Animal Hospital
Dr. Jonathan Gurland Lemon Bay Animal Hospital
Dr. Steinbrecher Loving Care Animal Hospital
Dr. Dawn Spakowski Myakka River Animal Clinic
Dr. Martin Neher Palmer Ranch Animal Clinic
Dr. Mark Degrove Peace River Animal Clinic
Dr. Shelley Kingsbury Punta Gorda Animal Hospital
Dr. Dean Ebert South Trail Animal Hospital
Dr. Greg Fluharty The Animal Clinic
Dr. Kris Minnich Toledo Blade Animal Clinic
Dr. Nicole Kushmaul Venice Pines Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Gary Berkowitz Veterinary Associates of Jacaranda