September 25, 2018 Awesome! Our day with the Humane Society of Morrow County and the Rascal Unit was just that. 54 cats had surgery today--32 females and 22 males! We had older cats, young adults, kittens and all ages in between. If the cat was old enough, he or she also received a one-year rabies vaccination today.
Today was special to our organization also. We reached a milestone of 3,000 cats spayed or neutered with the group's support since we were founded in 2011. It's truly mind-boggling to realize how many more kittens could have been born without this effort.
Thanks today to Dr. G and the Rascal staff, our partners, the Humane Society of Morrow County and volunteers Jennifer and Deidre, and SNACK volunteers--Toni, Robb, Sharon, Gwen, and Rita. Also thank you to the Big Walnut Joint Fire District who hosted us today. It truly would not be possible to hold these clinics without the support of so many individuals.
September 12, 2018 Volunteers today worked on three different trapping projects and trapped six black, black and white, or tuxedo cats! Five of the cats were young kittens but we did trap one mom cat. They all were transported to the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic for surgery, ear-tipping, and a one-year rabies vaccination. They will return to their colonies later today or tomorrow morning.
September 11, 2018 We're closing in on the big 3-0-0-0: 3,000 cats spayed or neutered and supported by the efforts of SNACK since 2011.
So where do the cats come from? The clients are mostly from Knox County but we often have several from Richland and Morrow Counties and occasionally from Delaware, Licking, and Franklin Counties. The cats range in age--some are very young kittens and sometimes we have cats over five years old. Most are domestic short hair cats. Occasionally, we will see a Siamese mix or Maine Coon or another breed. A common theme among the clients is that they are happy for the economic help in getting their cats fixed and happy to not worry about kittens or their tom cats roaming the countryside.
Our special thanks today go to the volunteers who staffed the day--Judy, Laurie, Shana, Carol, Marty, and Rita and the doctors and staff at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic. Also we are grateful to our donors who so generously support our work, our scrappers (can collectors), and crafters.
Our next fix-it day on October 9 is full. If you are interested in registering for the November 13 Thanksgiving Fix-it day, please register now. Space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
September 10, 2018 [See the photos for pictures of recycling.]
Thanks to those who continue to recycle for SNACK, Inc. This morning, we recycled 63 pounds of aluminum beverage cans, aluminum sheet (cat food cans and pop tabs), and cast aluminum (a table). This is 63 pounds kept out of the landfill and the group benefits as well. If you are interested in recycling aluminum products, the recycling center is now requiring us to separate various aluminum products, i.e. beverage cans, cat food cans, foil, and cast aluminum products. We are happy to schedule a pick-up or arrange a drop-off. Please call SNACK at 614-371-8996.
September 6, 2018 [See the photos for a picture of a trap fork.] This morning, volunteers returned to a trapping project and trapped two kittens in one trap. The older kitten was ear-tipped and we placed the trap fork between the two kittens to separate them safely and then released the cat who did not need surgery. The orange kitten was taken to the Animal Health Organization for surgery, an ear tip, and a rabies vaccination. He will be returned to his home this evening after he is released by the veterinary hospital.
August 16, 2018 We had a great turnout for crafting today! We made fleece catnip mice and catnip socks. Some of the items will be sold at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic and some will be merchandised at the Humane Society of Richland County's event, Strutt Your Mutt, on Saturday, September 15 from 10 am to 3 pm (http://www.adoptourstrays.com/strutt-your-mutt.html). SNACK will have a booth there.
Many thanks to the volunteers who sewed this morning!
August 14, 2018 Our Back-to-School Fix-it day was huge! We thought it would be big but then had a couple of additional cats in for surgery. They were feral and often feral cats are difficult to trap twice. Fortunately for all, the clinic staff could work the cats in today for surgery. Our preliminary total is 17 females spayed and 17 males neutered. Many of the cats were young kittens.
Many, many thanks to the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic doctors and staff for their professionalism and skill. Thanks too to volunteers Toni, Sharon, Robb, Marty, Carol, and Rita and our generous donors and fundraisers.
Our next fix-it day is on Patriot Day, September 11. We are nearly full for female cats. After 9/11, the next scheduled fix-it day is the Autumn Fix-it Day, Tuesday, October 9. Please remember the fix-it days are first come, first-served and we cannot hold a spot for you and your cat without a registration form and pre-payment.
August 8, 2018 We had an excellent start at a new trapping project today. There are two mom cats and two sets of kittens. One set of kittens is about 14 weeks old and another set is about 7 weeks old. We were able to trap one mother cat, three older kittens, and three younger kittens. The mom and older kittens were taken to The Animal Health Organization for spay or neuter, a one-year rabies vaccination, and ear-tipping. They will be returned to their colony late this afternoon or early evening and released then.
We transferred the little kittens to a large dog crate inside the client's home. The client is going to work to socialize them. When the kittens are a little older, the plan is to test them, vaccinate, and spay or neuter them, and find them good homes.
Sometimes we facetiously refer to female cats as "kitten factories" and young mothers as "teen moms." We laugh but there is a lot of truth to these terms. In this situation, the mom cats had two litters of kittens already this year. It's possible they could have another set of kittens before the end of the year. And, if there are female cats in the older set of kittens, it is possible they might have kittens before the new year as well. A colony of two intact females with some neighborhood tom cats could easily grow to 20 cats over several months. That's one reason we stress to clients to get the female cats spayed right away and not wait for a population explosion--and to spay all female cats.
August 1, 2018 This morning we had a impressive trapping session--we trapped five kittens at one time, using the drop trap! The client set a plate of food in the center under the trap and one by one, the kittens came out from under a shed to eat. We watched closely and when all five were situated safely under the trap, we pulled the string, the trap dropped, and all kittens were trapped. We then hooked a box trap to the drop trap door and moved them one by one to the safe confines of a box trap. We were able to do all this in about one hour!
These beauties were transported to the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic for spay or neuter surgery, ear-tipping, and a one-year rabies vaccination (if they are old enough). They will recover overnight there and return to their home tomorrow and be released. The client is willing to work with the kittens to try and socialize them and she has found good homes for them once they recover from their surgery and become more used to people.
July 27, 2019 Mark your calendars! SNACK has been invited by the Humane Society of Richland County to participate in the Strut Your Mutt festival on September 15. Although the Strut is billed as a canine festival, we have been invited to sell some simple crafts and get the word out about our fix-it days for cats and our organization. Hope to see you there!
July 19, 2018 We had an outstanding crafting day today and finished all 36 catnip socks in a little over one hour! They'll be sold at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic and upcoming holiday craft shows in Fredericktown and Gambier. We're also working on holiday tree ornaments. Our thanks today to Laurie, Sue, Gwen, Rita, Marty, Gail, Deb, and Sharon for lending their talents to us.
Our next crafting day will be in mid-August. We'll announce the date when it's finalized.
July 14, 2018 We had a good turn out at SNACK-a-Palooza 2 today. Silent auction items ranged from a signed Cleveland Browns football to cat food from Mutts & Co. Lunch was a delicious menu of chicken and hot dogs. Perfect summer fare! We thank our generous donors and hard-working volunteers for such a fun event. We made about $1000 that will be used to help fund our programs.
July 10, 2018 We had an awesome fix-it day today. We are seeing the first wave of spring kittens coming in to be spayed or neutered. Hooray for clients who are opting to be hip and snip early!
The preliminary count today is 29 surgeries--15 neuters and 14 spays. The cats and kittens also received a one-year rabies vaccination as part of their treatment. With a rabid bat found in Fredericktown recently, the rabies vaccination is vital protection for the cats (and humans).
Our thanks today to volunteers, Judy, Toni, Robin, Carol, Marty, and Rita and the skilled professionals at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic. Today we had a couple of escapees and we witnessed the staff's excellent response.
Also, thanks to volunteer, Debi B! We are rocking a new beautiful SNACK banner today, courtesy of Debi. It's a vast improvement on our vinyl banner.
July 6, 2018 Today we returned to a trapping project/client from 2016. New cats have arrived--Mom, Dad, and a few kittens. Unfortunately, only one kitten remains. The others disappeared--perhaps they fell prey to raccoons or some other predator. Today, we trapped a laid back male (pictured below) but the female and remaining kitten were suspicious of the traps. We'll try again in a couple of weeks and try a different strategy for trapping the two.
Dad cat was transported to the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic for neutering and a one-year rabies vaccination. He'll return to the colony tomorrow.
June 29, 2018 This morning a trapping volunteer nabbed Rusty, a feral tom cat who has visited her colony intermittently for several months. Rusty doesn't follow a feeding schedule or pattern and disappears for weeks at a time. In the past, the trapper tried to bait him with wet cat food but this morning some dry kibble worked and Rusty was trapped--finally. He was transported to The Animal Health Organization in Delaware where he was neutered, ear-tipped, treated for fleas and ticks, and given a 1-year rabies vaccination. He was returned and released to his territory in the evening.
With Rusty's trapping today, we are happy to summarize SNACK's activity for the first six months of 2018. For our fix-it days/Rascal Days, we have supported 276 surgeries (167 females and 109 males). Our trap/neuter/return program total stands at 40 surgeries (23 females and 17 males). Since the group was formed in 2011, we have supported 2,862 spays or neuters. These amazing numbers would not be possible without the hard work and teamwork of many individuals--our dedicated volunteers, the veterinarians and clinic staffs, our grantors, and generous and loyal donors. Thanks to all!
June 26, 2018 Our Rascal Unit event today was successful with 45 cats in for spay/neuter surgery. There were many small kittens and some were too small for surgery. Many of the clients had similar stories--the cats were "dropped off" and found their home with the person who took the time to bring them in for spay or neuter surgery today. Check out the photos.
Our thanks to the Rascal unit for their professional care today, the Big Walnut Joint Fire District who hosted the event, to our partner, the Humane Society of Morrow County, and to the volunteers who ran the event so smoothly--Jennifer (of HSofMC), Toni, Sharon, Robb, Robin, Debi, Judy, and Rita. Lastly, thank you to our donors and fundraisers who support these events through their generosity.
Our last event for 2018 with Rascal and the Humane Society will be on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the Big Walnut Joint Fire District station.
June 23, 2018 These kittens are playful and innocent but cats are first-class when it comes to reproduction. A female kitten can mate as early as 4 months in age and have kittens when she is only six months old. Do yourself and the kittens a favor: get them spayed or neutered early and help reduce feline over-population.
June 12, 2018 Our Nearly Father's Day fix-it day was a full house. We had 29 cats in for surgery--16 females and 13 males. Nearly all of the cats were adults and many of the female cats were nursing kittens born in April. We're happy the clients are shutting down the kitten factories now.
Thanks to volunteers--Toni, Sharon, Robb, Marty, Carol, and Rita--for their skill and dedication to SNACK. Thanks too to the professional staff at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic and our loyal and generous donors.
Our next fix-it day is the Summertime fix-it day and is scheduled for July 10. Don't delay on getting in your registration--this clinic is likely to fill quickly because kittens born in March will be old enough for spay or neuter surgery.
June 11, 2018 Trappers had an early start this morning and trapped these two beauties (picture in photo section) before the rains arrived. This project is in a subdivision where we previously trapped their mother. The client worked hard to keep a strict morning feeding schedule. The cats were ready to eat early this morning and we trapped the two cats within a hour. The cats were transported to The Animal Health Organization for spay/neuter surgery, a rabies vaccination, and ear-tipping. When the clinic releases them from their care, we will return the cats to their colony late this afternoon.
May 8, 2018 We had a fantastic fix-it day today with 19 females and 10 male cats in for surgery. Some of the female cats were nursing kittens. We suggest clients wait until kittens are eating on their own (about 4 or 5 weeks old) before the mother cat has spay surgery. When the kittens are able to eat solid food, the mom cat can have surgery and then return to her kittens and nurse them. These weeks also give the mother time to heal after giving birth.
One of the cats was trapped by a SNACK volunteer at an established colony. The group first trapped there in 2012. Since that time, the number of cats has diminished and a new cat has moved into the group. The client let us know that "Dolly" is now a regular visitor to eat with the other cats and this morning, we were able to trap her and bring her in for surgery, a rabies vaccination, and ear-tipping. We are happy the client was proactive in letting us know before kittens arrive.
Thanks to our volunteers, Marty, Judy, Toni, Sharon, Robb, and Rita, the doctors and staff at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, and our donors and fundraisers. Our next fix-it day is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12. Happy Mother's Day!
April 28, 2018 TEAM SNACK WAS ON THE MOVE! The Mad Catters participated in the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon on Saturday, April 28. We had $570 in donations. A generous donor will match this total. Thank you!
April 18, 2018 MEDIA MOMENT WITH SNACK Watch our Chair, Ben Schumacher, with Robyn Haines on Daytime Columbus, Find a Friend.
April 10, 2018 The 152nd Anniversary of the Founding of the ASPCA Fix-it Day--We had a fantastic Fix-it day today at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic. We had 20 female cats and 11 male cats in for surgery. Cats were many different colors and ages and we even had three bob-tailed cats. Our thanks to the 22 clients who braved the cold weather and dense fog this morning and got their cats in for surgery. Thanks to our volunteers (Toni, Heather, Taryn, Judy, Carol, and Rita), the professional staff at the vet clinic, and our donors and fundraisers who subsidize our efforts.
March 27, 2018 RASCAL DAY UPDATE Our first Rascal Day with the Humane Society of Morrow County and Rascal was a big success. We had 46 cats in for surgery at the Big Walnut Joint Fire District station in Marengo. Many of the cats were adults. We are happy their people brought them in today for surgery and a one-year rabies vaccination.
Thanks to the our donors and fund-raisers and the hard-working volunteers who staffed the day--Toni, Robb, Sharon, Robin, Debi, Judy, and Rita of SNACK, Inc. and Gwen and Jennifer of the Humane Society of Morrow County. Our next Rascal Day will be on June 27 again in Marengo.