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April 15, 2014

Keeping tabs on the cat population

Neuter Scooter provides treatment for 38 cats at Monday clinic

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“We’re desperate for fosters,” Simms said. “If we had more foster homes, then we could take in more cats — and quicker,” she said.

Fosters care for the cats until they’re adopted into a new permanent home. Fosters bring the cats to the mall every Saturday in hopes that their new owner will be found at the weekly open house.

Peavy credits Cause for Paws for bringing the Neuter Scooter to Logansport. She said she believes the Neuter Scooter’s efforts are paying off in a number of ways.

For one, Peavy said, it’s paved the way for similar services.

“When we started in 2000, there was only one other [low-cost spay and neuter] clinic in the whole state,” she said. “Now, they’re popping up all over the place.”

The Neuter Scooter travels to hit the areas that don’t have a similar service available.

Another way it’s helped is by decreasing the population of strays. Simms said she’s found that she gets a lot of repeat customers.

“Once you bring a stray in to have it fixed, you really start to notice the others that are around,” she said.

And when it comes to strays, Simms has a philosophy.

“Don’t feed ‘em if you’re not gonna fix ‘em,” she said. “It may sound harsh, bit you’re only gonna make it worse.”

But what it all comes down to for Simms is love.

“I love cats,” she said. “I love every kind of cat.”

And it seems so do the Richardsons. But there’s a chance they won’t become fosters after all — they just might be adopting.

“I don’t know if I could bring her back if we took her home,” Eve said to her mother of the cat they’d chosen.

“Looks like we might have another adopted kitty kat,” her mother responded.

Reach Misty Knisely at misty.knisely@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5155

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