Feline Non-Profit FixNation Asks For a Helping Paw

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Los Angeles-Based Group Must Raise $500,000 to Continue Operations

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Our charity needs charity in order to continue. Assembling all known TNR resources under one roof and applying them to the problem on a massive, full-time scale is something very few other organizations can do.

FixNation, a Los Angeles-based non-profit group devoted to ending feline homelessness by offering free spay and neuter services to caregivers of community cats, announced today that operations will be drastically reduced if a fundraising goal of $500,000 is not met by March 2012.

FixNation is the only feral feline spay and neuter organization of this magnitude in the country. Through this program, which promotes and furthers the community based method of homeless cat population control known as Trap-Neuter-Return or “TNR”, FixNation sterilizes more than 70 cats each day and will have successfully trapped, neutered and returned 80,000 cats by the summer of 2012. To date, there are 7,076 volunteer trappers and caregivers that have embraced FixNation and contributed to these results.

With financial support from a major donor, FixNation launched in July 2007, but after this year that five year start-up grant has ended and officials with the organization say they’re on the verge of having to dramatically cut back operations in 2012.

“The shame of this is that we are making a huge impact, yet still have so much more work to do,” said Karn Myers, co-founder of FixNation. “Our charity needs charity in order to continue. Assembling all known TNR resources under one roof and applying them to the problem on a massive, full-time scale is something very few other organizations can do.”

Often referred to as “ground zero” for advancements in the feral feline community, FixNation hopes to serve as a working model for other organizations to follow by demonstrating the effectiveness of TNR in a large urban environment. Through the free feral program, FixNation provides the community with information about the trap, neuter, return method including loaning traps, how to trap, colony management, and community outreach. In addition, FixNation provides services above and beyond the typical homeless feline spay and neuter clinic such as antibiotics, fluids, pain medication, vaccines and flea treatments, all of which are performed free of charge for animals with no caregivers. The organization also provides reduced rate spay and neuter surgery for tame cats and kittens of low-income families which is a critical component to reducing homeless cat populations.

FixNation remains booked with spay and neuter appointments and volunteer trap training for weeks in advance. While performing surgery on nearly 18,000 cats each year, there continues to be a critical need for this service. With an estimated one million homeless cats in Los Angeles alone, FixNation and the communities committed to helping these cats through TNR need the time and support to show its effectiveness in dramatically reducing the feral feline population. Slowing operations due to a financial shortfall will have a negative impact in Los Angeles and the progress made so far.

About FixNation
FixNation is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles that supports Trap-Neuter-Return. The group, founded in 2007, provides a free, full-time spay and neuter clinic for homeless stray and feral cats, plus low-cost, spay and neuter services for tame pet cats. The group loans out humane traps to the public free of charge, provides training on how to humanely trap feral cats and kittens, offers guidance and information on long-term care and management for feral colonies and engages in extensive community outreach activities. For more information, visit http://fixnation.org/.

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