Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bring 'Em on!

We are thrilled we have gotten this grant BUT now we need to get the word out to folks who have free-roaming cats that need to be spayed or neutered in Polk County, NC or Landrum, Gowensville, or Campobello, SC

Please contact us! Or spread the word to your friends and neighbors! Contact info below!

Foothills Humane Society Receives $85,000 Grant from PetSmart Charities®
to Spay/Neuter 2,000 Free-Roaming Cats

Columbus, NC January 24, 2011 -- Foothills Humane Society received a grant for $85,000 from PetSmart Charities® this week to substantially increase the number of free-roaming cat spay/neuter operations it facilitates each year. The organization's three-year-old Po'Kitties program sterilizes and vaccinates feral cats to help reduce the area's dire pet overpopulation problem.

The cost in lives and community resources from uncontrolled breeding is much too high. Over 80% of the cats in shelters were born of free-roaming mothers. Millions of cats are killed each year at a very high cost to society, but programs like the Community Cats Project help stop this tragedy from occurring.

The new Community Cats Project offers free spay/neuter services and rabies inoculations for all free-roaming cats, including stray cats and kittens and feral cats. The target area includes all of Polk County, NC, as well as Landrum, Gowensville, and Campobello, SC.

"We are excited and honored to receive this grant. It recognizes the accomplishments of our TNR program, Po’Kitties, and enables us to continue meeting our community’s pet overpopulation problem in a humane way", said Ruth Grubbs, president of Foothills Humane Society. "We hope that our Community Cats Project will become a model for other agencies across the country."

The Foothills Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1979 to help reduce the homeless pet population through adoption and spay/neuter programs, and to provide humane education services to the public. Its Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program, Po'Kitties, has trapped, sterilized, inoculated, and returned nearly 1,000 cats since October, 2007.

Foothills Humane Society’s Dana Mayer will be heading up its new Community Cats Project. She can be reached at 828-894-2088.

Monday, February 14, 2011

AND THE WINNER IS: )))))))))))))))))))))))

Thank you so much everyone for entering! And thank you Siglinda for donating the use of your lovely Italian villa for Po'Kitties!