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Gov. Kay Ivey signs HJR 152 in her state Capitol office Montgomery, Ala., Wednesday, February 21, 2018. With her is state Rep. Connie Rowe. HJR 152 recognizes February 27, 2018 as World Spay Day. World Spay Day is a campaign to advocate the spaying or neutering of pets. (Governor's Office, Jamie Martin)
After 120 days in action, the Orange Beach Animal Care and Control Program (OBACCP) and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program returns its 100th cat, Centennial, to the outdoor location where it was found.
With the support of the Orange Beach City Council, the nonprofit Orange Beach Animal Care and Control Program is beginning to get a handle on controlling the stray and feral cat population in the city through a trap, neuter and return initiative.
In early September, the City Council approved start-up funds and the purchase of 20 traps for the nonprofit that is working in conjunction with Tom Conerly, the Orange Beach Police Department’s Animal Control Officer.
Conerly gave the council an update on the program during the Jan. 16 meeting. The meeting also provided an opportunity for Conerly to park the new Animal Control vehicle at City Hall for the public to see.
“So far, we have 33 volunteers registered to help with this program now,” Conerly told the council. “We started trapping in earnest on Sept. 21, which was just right at four months ago. We have have trapped 99 cats and processed them through the program. They roughly equal 49 males, 50 females. We have also adopted out 22 cats and kittens from this program and made some folks really happy.”
On January 21, OBACCP announced that the 100th cat, named “Centennial,” was trapped, neutered, vaccinated and returned to its original location.
Explaining the impact of the Trap-Neuter-Return program to council members, Conerly broke it down by saying the 50 female cats alone reduced the growth of cat colonies by 496 kittens, which would’ve been born in the first year. He came to that number by conservatively using the average of each cat having 2 litters per year and 2.8 kittens per litter. Also taking into account that cats can begin reproducing at 4 to 5 months of age. Read more.
Check out to help you keep community cats safe and warm through chilly temperatures, wind, and snow:
• Insulate the cats’ shelters with straw—not hay. Remember, the more straw the better! Cats can burrow in it to stay warm and cozy. It’s also important to add straw as needed throughout the season, especially before a storm or a cold snap.
• Provide fresh food and water daily. In cold temperatures, water will freeze overnight. To slow freezing, use bowls that are deep, rather than wide. Place water bowls out of the wind as much as possible.
• Give cats extra food. Cats eat more in the winter, because they’re trying to conserve energy and stay warm. It’s best to give them food daily. Wet food freezes, so put out dry food as well (or just feed them dry food). If you provide wet food, heat it up first or use a heated bowl.
• Cats seek out warm, sheltered spots. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for a cat to crawl under the warm hood of a parked car as cats are drawn to the warmth of the engine compartment and the protection from wind and predators. Give the hood of your car a few taps before starting the engine.
Are you ready for some downward facing cat? What could be better than relaxing, meditating and striking a yoga pose with a couple of friendly kittens? Join MOXIE for Cats on Mats on Sunday, October 29th at 11:30AM for a one hour, all level yoga class led by Hanna Radcliff.
Expect a few giggles along the way as a few friendly kittens roam freely among class participants and may even curl up for a nap on a yoga mat! Class is limited to 20 participants and will take place at MOXIE at The Wharf. Your entire $20 class fee will serve as a tax-deductible donation to the Orange Beach Animal Care and Control Program (OBACCP) and the Trap-Neuter-Return effort. Cat adoptions will be available in the breezeway after class.
Follow OBACCP on Facebook and Instagram. Please sign up to volunteer, report or make donations to OBACCP online.
See you at Cats on Mats on Sunday, October 29th at 11:30AM. Meowmaste!