Spay & Neuter Cats Before Kitten Season To Prevent Litters

Spay & Neuter Cats Before Kitten Season To Prevent Litters

Alley Cat Allies today reminds communities that now is the ideal time to spay and neuter cats to get ahead of prime kitten season and end the breeding cycle before it starts.

Spring is a notoriously difficult time for animal shelters in every community across the country because multiple litters of kittens are impounded every day once kitten season begins. With a 63-day (nine-week) gestation period, kittens are usually conceived in January and February and born in the spring.

In a Trap-Neuter-Return program (TNR), community cats–also called feral cats–are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinary clinic for spaying, neutering, and vaccination. The tip of the cat’s left ear is painlessly removed while under anesthesia, indicating that the cat has been neutered and vaccinated. Unsocialized cats are returned to their outdoor homes, while friendly cats and kittens are fostered before adoption. TNR ends the reproduction cycle, and stops behaviors associated with mating such as yowling and spraying, thereby addressing community concerns and decreasing calls to animal control.

Most communities that embrace a TNR program see fewer cats entering animal shelters, allowing shelters to focus their efforts and taxpayer dollars on adoption programs and community outreach and education. In addition to the over 600 nonprofit groups nationally practicing TNR, there are more than 450 cities and counties with official ordinances or policies endorsing TNR for community cats.

Individuals can find additional help at or request a list of local resources, including spay/neuter clinics and community cat organizations at

New York Metro Reptile Show

The New York Metro Reptile Show will be held Sunday, April 19 at the Westchester County Center, White Plains, NY, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Receive a $1 discount off adult admission with their ad on page 20 of this issue. Live pet reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates on display and for sale. Books, supplies, cages… 200+ vendors.

Pets On Wheels Of Connecticut

Pets on Wheels of Connecticut (POW CT) provides an essential, but often overlooked service: financial assistance and transportation for a person in need to adopt their own cat or dog from a local rescue shelter. Too often, the individuals most in need of the love and comfort that a pet can provide are unable to afford the necessary vet care needed to keep the animal healthy and happy. Tasks such as getting to the rescue shelter or transporting a pet to the vet can be impossible without access to animal-friendly transportation. And as essential as adoption fees are to support our local animal shelters, they can be just too high for someone facing financial difficulties.

Pets on Wheels of Connecticut believes that no one should be denied their own pet. They make owning a pet possible despite these barriers, and have placed animals in the homes of senior citizens on fixed incomes, recent military veterans coping with readjustment, socially isolated young adults, and other individuals in need of the unconditional love a pet companion provides.

They are a local, entirely donation-funded and volunteer-run nonprofit organization and need your help to continue reaching more people and animals in need. Have more questions? You can always email them at or call 860-595-2950.


Adopt-A-Dog Adoptions Day will be held Saturday April 11 at the Pet Pantry Warehouse in Greenwich, CT, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Adopt-A-Dog Adoptathon will be held Saturday April 18 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 53 Winter Hill Road, Tuckahoe, NY, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Call 914-273-1674 or 203-629-9494 for more.

Green Chimneys

Human Animal Interaction Conference
Green Chimneys School will host a Human-Animal Interaction Conference Friday, April 24,- Saturday, April 25. The focus of this two-day conference is on enhancing and supporting the resilience in children who have experience a broad range of trauma due to life circumstances.

Animal training, animal handling, evaluation of animal behavior in human service contexts will be discussed as important elements to creating beneficial interactions.

Interactive group work, discussions and hands-on learning with animals, led by internationally respected professionals, will be at the core of our program. Various clinical models and methods will be explained and demonstrated. The Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Center will offer attendees a profound and innovative setting for learning.

There will be ample opportunity for informal conversations with the speakers, Green Chimneys staff and fellow attendees, all within the stimulating environment of the Green Chimneys campus.
Call 845-279-2995 for more information.

Birds Of Prey Day

Green Chimneys continues its famous tradition with the 23rd annual Birds of Prey Day on Sunday, June 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The day of fun, flight and falconry will feature more than 100 birds of prey on display with falconers from across New York and Connecticut.

For more call 845-279-2995.

Making A Difference Ball

You are cordially invited to Making a Difference Ball, a fundraiser benefiting Danbury Animal Welfare Society. It will be held Saturday, April 11, 6:00 p.m., at the Amber Room Colonnade, 1 Stacey Road, Danbury CT.

There will be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction, followed by live music and dancing.

For more information, visit their website or call 203-744-3297.

Animal Assisted Therapy Services

Animal Assisted Therapy Services, serves adults and children… those with physical, cognitive, and psychosocial disabilities… and those who just want to enjoy a wide variety of programs and services to restore energy and balance in one’s life!

Animal Assisted Therapy Services (AaTs) has been providing the finest in equine and canine therapeutic interventions since 2009.

This service has opened many new doors and allowed growth and vision that continues to flourish each day! Come experience something new for yourself, or your child, from a wide selection of unique programs, workshops, and concerts! Staffed by amazing professionals, each having a specialized talent to share.

Their business office is located at the Therapeutic Recreation Center, 19 Hazel Terrace, Woodbridge, CT 06525.

For more information please call Chris Patella at 203-804-5343 or

visit their website, for more information.