The Colony Caregivers organization was formed in February 2009 and is the only organization of it's kind in Ontario County, New York and we are a totally volunteer organization. We provide a reduced TNVR(trap/neuter/vaccinate and return to care) program for feral, stray and abandoned cats. We do that by negotiating spay/neuter 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 at the full veterinary price. We cannot remove cats and we do not have a shelter.
Our Field Coordinators, Maureen and Donna work diligently to get us clinic openings at Beverly Animal Shelter, Canandaigua Vet Hospital, Finger Lakes Animal Hospital, Lollypop Farm, Phelps Veterinary Hospital, and Rochester Community Animal Clinic in Rochester. Depending on the clinic, the fee is $55 or $80, which includes Neuter/Spay, Rabies & Distemper Vaccines and an 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 50-55 surgeries for the entire month. Our waiting list in 2015 is usually around 250 cats. Are request for help equal the amount of the cats we get to clinic each month if not more.
In addition to providing this service, volunteers 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!
January - Aug 2015 >> 200 females 145 males for a total of 345 cats!
Total since February 2009 through August 31, 2015 >>>2731
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