Here at SPCA International, we are dedicated to alleviating the suffering of animals, and one of the most effective ways to reduce suffering is to ensure animal populations don’t grow exponentially. That’s why we are dedicated to supporting spay and neuter initiatives around the globe.
When our contacts at the UK embassy in Baghdad reached out to ask for help with the stray cat population on their campus, we were thrilled to coordinate with them. The animal-loving staff at the embassy have huge hearts and they make sure the cats on the grounds are safe and fed. However, they know that keeping the population manageable will ensure the cats don’t become a nuisance and can continue to be cared for.
Our Middle East team and the helpful staff caught 32 cats throughout the embassy campus! Two kittens were too young for sterilization, so they only received vaccines and anti-parasitic medication. Another cat, named Princess, is a long-time embassy resident who had been previously spayed. The other 29 cats were sterilized, vaccinated and treated for parasites and they all recovered well.
This simple intervention makes an incredible difference by avoiding the birth of hundreds of kittens. Amazingly, a cat can have two to three litters of kittens each year, and those kittens mature quickly and can begin having kittens of their own. Keeping this cat population in check is key to ensuring the cats can continue to happily and safely coexist with the kind and caring people at the embassy.
The recent success in Baghdad is just one example of why spay and neuter is so important. Throughout the month of February, we’ll continue providing funding and logistical support to partners throughout the globe that are providing critically important spay and neuter services.
Please consider sterilizing the animals in your life if you haven’t already. Learn more here.