If you have ever had an experience with homeless cats you know it can be a very difficult and heartbreaking scenario. It is estimated that there are between 50 and 100 million feral or community cats living in the United States. These cats are fending for themselves, reproducing in record numbers with few on their sides to advocate for them.
While many frustrated property owners consider drastic action, like eradicating the cats, animal-lovers have a hard time with this concept. Simply put, the problem of homeless cat overpopulation is a man-made problem. A cat, whether wild or friendly, is still an animal with a right to life and humane care.
If you are an animal lover at a loss for what to do with a growing homeless cat population, FixNation is an organization you can turn to for help.
FixNation is a California non-profit 501c3. Their mission is to reduce the population of homeless cats by sterilizing as many as possible while demonstrating the effectiveness of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and colony management for the humane care of homeless cats.
Founded by a husband and wife team of cat lovers, Mark Dodge and Karn Myers, the idea of helping homeless cats was born in 1998 when Karn befriended two women who were feeding a feral cat colony. After embarking on a year-long crash course in homeless cats, they knew it was time to do something to help.
Mark and Karn learned that monthly spay/neuter clinics were being held in San Diego by the Feral Cat Coalition. After working up a solid business plan, they enlisted the help of Best Friend’s Animal Society who provided the initial funding to begin the Catnippers program in October 1999.
The Catnippers program, which still continues today, is a bi-monthly, all-volunteer clinic that has spayed and neutered over 17,000 homeless cats since 2000.
In 2007, after 6 years of running Catnippers, Mark and Karn knew that a permanent facility was needed to make more of an impact. After much fund-raising, FixNation became the first, full-time, spay-neuter facility in Los Angeles!
FixNation provides the following services at little or no cost to the public:
- Trap Neuter Release Support. This includes community outreach, training and education.
- Humane Trap Loan Program: FixNation provide traps free of charge (30 day loan) or you can purchase your own with a FixNation discount from Tomahawk Traps.
- Free Spay/Neuter for homeless (stray and feral) cats. Their clinic can sterilize up to 100 cats per day!
- Low-cost Spay/Neuter for pet cats and kittens.
- Low-cost Clinic for pet cats and dogs. This includes vaccines and low-cost microchips.
Between FixNation and the Catnippers program, over 100,000 cats to date have been spayed or neutered!
FixNation is a model for TNR and cat population management across the country. We are so lucky to have them in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, where the weather is warm year-round and cat breeding season never ends.
On September 10th, SoCal animal-lovers have a chance to support this amazing organization by attending a unique event, Architects for Animals “Giving Shelter” benefit. The benefit will be held at The Herman Miller Showroom in Culver City, California, and will feature custom outdoor cat shelters designed by some of Los Angeles’ top architecture and design firms.
The shelters will be on display to the public during a unique one-night exhibit and cocktail reception on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Special guests include Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s hit show My Cat From Hell, and FixNation board members.
Read the official Press Release here.