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Cats in Crisis
Friday, 02 November 2012
by Tiffany Moore

November 2-- The Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society (SOAPS) has reached a crisis in its efforts to deal with the growing number of stray and abandoned cats in our area.

ImageWith approximately 70 cats and kittens at Vidalia Animal Control, the shelter has reached capacity and is no longer accepting any strays. Moreover, the Lyons shelter is not currently equipped to care for stray or unwanted cats. As a result, some 60 cats and kittens are currently being fostered by only a few SOAPS volunteers, leaving them at critical mass as well. In short, there simply is not enough space at local shelters or in foster homes to accommodate the number of incoming stray and owner surrendered cats.

Our organization prides itself on being a homeless animal’s best bet for a second chance, and we believe that pride is shared by the members of our community. Finding homes for healthy, adoptable animals is one that can only be accomplished through the joint efforts and shared responsibility of our organization, the cities of Vidalia and Lyons and our community.

ImageWhen the last cage or kennel is filled and there is nowhere left for stray or unwanted animals to go, we are left with limited choices if members of our community do not adopt themor if we are unable to find foster homes to provide them with temporary care. Our volunteers have done and continue to do everything possible to save these animals, but we simply cannot do it alone.

We need you. The animals need you.

If you have room for a cat or kitten in your home, we hope that you will consider adopting one from a local shelter or through the SOAPS foster program.

ImageThere are many healthy, loving kittens and adult cats from which to choose, and SOAPS will gladly provide a voucher of up to $100 to be applied toward the cost of spaying/neutering at participating veterinary facilities. Additionally, all cats in the foster program have been spayed or neutered (if of age) or will be spayed/neutered at six months old.This service is included in the adoption fee and is an important first step in reducing the number of stray animals in our area as well as preventing another overpopulation crisis in the future.

You can also help by joining SOAPS in their volunteer efforts or by making a donation to go towards the cost of providing general and medical care to the many unwanted animals depending on us. For more information, check out SOAPS online at www.sweetonionaps.org.

Now is the time to step forward and make a difference in the life of an animal that has fallen victim to the economy, to indifference, to intolerance or to neglect.  We ask that you please share this with your friends, family and colleagues so that they too will be aware of the many animals currently waiting for someone to change their world and maybe even save their lives.

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