What is The Bluegrass Cat Spay Neuter Project?
The Bluegrass Cat Spay Neuter Project focuses on reducing outdoor cat populations through spay and neuter programming across the Bluegrass region in Kentucky. Madison County has been awarded a 2021 grant in the amount of $10,000 by the Joanie Bernard Foundation in collaboration with the Bluegrass Area Development District and Team Shelter USA. This grant exclusively supports the spay and neuter of outdoor, free-roaming community cats in Madison County by covering the cost of the spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination, FVRCP vaccination and ear-tipping on those cats. Services in Madison County will be provided by both Lewis Veterinary and Skipworth Veterinary Clinic.
What are Community Cats?
Community cats are cats that do not have owners, are free-roaming, and have made their home outdoors. They are often called ferals, but not all outdoor cats are feral. Community cats, in general, are not adequately socialized to people and are often not adoptable because of this.
How Can I Get Involved?
This grant is only for outdoor free-roaming cats, such as friendly strays or feral cats, that are not owned by any one person and may be considered a community cat or part of a cat colony. The cost of the surgery is fully covered by the funds provided by the Joanie Bernard Foundation. There are no out of pocket fees to participate. Any community cat is eligible.
The program asks interested residents to capture community cats, set an appointment with either Lewis Veterinary or Skipworth Veterinary Clinic for surgery, and once the surgery and recovery is complete, return the cat to the location where it was captured.
Appointments must be set up prior to your arrival with the cat. Contact Lewis Veterinary at 859-242-8288 or Skipworth Veterinary Clinic at 859-623-0008 to make an appointment. When calling, please mention the cat is a candidate for the Bluegrass Cat Spay Neuter Project.
Please do not bring cats to the animal shelter, as this is a program that requires them to be transported by the residents to and from the vet and placed back in the cat community after their surgery.
Tips to Remember
• Planning ahead and education on how to capture a community cat is key to success.
• Coordinate your intended capture date in advance of your surgery appointment. Capturing the cat may take time and make take several attempts, don’t give up!
• Safety first! Most community cats are not socialized to people. Attempting to pick up or handle these cats may result in scratches or bites to the handler. Using a cat carrier or humane trap is recommended.
• Check out the provided resources for your safety and personal knowledge. You will find helpful how-to tips, proper techniques for setting humane traps and information regarding the cat’s welfare.
Best Friends “How to Set a Humane Trap”
Watch the Video
Alley Cat Allies “How You Can Help Community Cats: A Step-by-Step guide to Trap-Neuter-Return”
Watch the Video
How to Help Feral Cats