The Colony Caregivers organization was formed in February 2009 and is the only organization of it's kind in Ontario County, New York. The group is dedicated to taking care of feral, stray and abandoned cats. What we do is facilitate the scheduling of clinics at a reduced price that is not available to the general public. Education is provided in various ways on the importance of TNVR and the fact that it is the ONLY proven method of population control. Our volunteers can assist with trapping and provide techniques on the proper way to do so. By participating in TNVR, colonies are cared for in the most healthy way possible which promotes good neighbor relations along the way. We assist individuals who care for an entire colony or barn full of cats (sometimes as many as 30) or adopt an abandoned cat, but cannot afford to get them neutered/spayed at the full veterinary price. We do not remove cats and we do not have a shelter.
Our Field Coordinators, Maureen and Donna work diligently to get us clinic openings at Habitat for Cats, Lollypop Farm, Finger Lakes Animal Hospital, Canandaigua Vet Hospital & Phelps Veterinary Hospital. Lollypop Farm also runs a feral clinic on Fridays for those outside of our area. Depending on the clinic, our fee is $55 or $75, which includes Neuter/Spay, Rabies & Distemper Vaccines and application of Revolution for fleas, ear mites and worms (except tape worms). All of these clinics together are only able to provide us with about 30 openings per month, but our waiting list is typically around 250 cats at all times.
In addition to providing this service, members also have colonies they feed and take to vets when sick or injured, often paying for these services out of their own pockets. Money to support our organization comes entirely from individual donations, fund-raising events and, occasionally, a grant. We receive NO taxpayer dollars. We have no affiliation with any Humane Society, ASPCS or any other organization. We are a 501(c)3 organization since November 2010.
In 2014 we spayed 294 females and neutered 220 males for a total of 514 cats!
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