For over a year we, the members of ARF, have been talking about how to attack the problem with the overpopulation of feral cats. Dogs are easier to catch, to sterilize, and to find homes for. Cats, however… well, for some reason cats are more difficult. It seems that you have to offer your firstborn in order to catch them, and we rarely can find a foster parent or, even less, a potential forever home. I, personally, love cats; but I think it is true what they say: you do not adopt a cat, the cat adopts you. Anyway, cats reproduce so much faster than dogs, so we knew we had to start doing something. We decided that the concept of TNR – Trap, Neuter, Return – was the starting point.
During the weekend of June 8 and 9, 2019, we hired the services of Dr. Jose Armando Cruz to do ARF’s first feral cat mass sterilization, and over 100 females cats were spayed. I am not going to lie: this was not easy. By the end of Sunday, every bone in my body hurt, and I am pretty sure I was covered with all sorts of cats’ DNA. Probably angry because I cheated on him, my own cat ignored me for the next few days (the dogs, however, loved it). But even if we felt like a train ran over us, we were happy to see the people of Rincon helping us.
We are thankful to the community who made this possible and to the people who understood that the situation of feral cats can only be solved if we all work together. During those two days people showed up with the cats from their neighborhood or we had to go and pick them up. But it was amazing to see the community stepping up, and for that we are immensely grateful. We also want to thank the volunteers from Hudson Valley Animal Rescue and Sanctuary who travel all the way to Puerto Rico to help us with our mission and to Dr. Cruz and his team, for believing in our organitzation. But most of all, we want to thank our supporters, especially everyone who attended our Saint Patrick’s Day fundraiser, as its proceeds went towards this mass sterilization. We are only hoping we could do more of these in the future.