For every one person born, 10 kittens are born.
And if you ask Dr. Tess Peavy, a veterinarian who visited Logansport Monday with the Neuter Scooter, that math doesn’t work.
But with the work Peavy and her assistants did Monday, the math is looking better, even if only a little. Area residents brought 38 cats to Monday’s clinic held in the Logansport Mall. Twenty females and 18 males.
And with 20 cats now destined to not be mothers, the math will only continue to get better. A female cat can have up to four litters a year. At an average of six kittens per litter, that’s the possibility of 15 to 20 kittens a year from just one female.
By spaying 20 female cats Monday, it could mean that up to 400 kittens won’t be added to the surplus stray population this year.
And many of those strays would have ended up with Logansport’s Cause for Paws. The organization’s vice president and official cat wrangler, Sandi Simms, brought 16 cats to Monday’s low-cost spay and neuter clinic. Though the organization’s adoption fee covers some of the cost of spaying and neutering, it doesn’t cover it all.
“We lose $10 on each cat,” Simms said.
That deficit is made up by donations instead of tacking the additional expense back onto the adopter.
Cause for Paws takes in as many stray animals as possible, but a lack of foster homes has the organization operating with a wait list, Simms said.
At Monday’s clinic though, the organization found a new foster family.
Kelly Richardson and her daughter Eve were at the clinic to have their own animals treated when they stopped to ooh and aah at the 16 animals Simms brought with her.
They were hooked.
Simms said the organization needs more people like the Richardsons.