WHAT WE DO--AND HOW WE HELP We do not have facilities for rescuing or boarding stray, lost or homeless animals; The primary objective of The Worthy Pause is to give assistance to people who help animals. For senior citizens or others unable to afford the cost of veterinary bills for a stray animal, we often pay part or all of the charges, or provide them with pet food.
For the period 11/1/08 to 10/31/09 we paid veterinary, boarding and food bills totaling $30,351. During the same period, we contributed $8,341 toward Friends Of Animals spay/neuter certificates for rescuers and the needy. We donated a total of $2,171 to other animal charities.
A pet food collection box, at the front entrance, holds canned pet food donations, which are distributed to those known to feed strays.
FRIENDS OF ANIMALS SPAY/NEUTER CERTIFICATES These certificates, available at The Worthy Pause, provide for low-cost spay or neuter as follows:
Prices effective March 1, 2010; subject to change without notice.
Your medical professional may require additional tests and/or vaccinations before treatment. Please confirm all details before committing to a course of treatment.
HOW-TO BOOKS AND VIDEOS AVAILABLE The Worthy Pause is happy to announce that we have available for loan:
The Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook: A Guide to Trap-Neuter-Return for the Feral Cat Caretaker: A 108-page guide for feral-cat caretakers, with photos illustrating innovative techniques. Topics covered include nutrition, shelter, arranging spay/neuter, caring for trapped cats, socializing kittens, finding good adoptive homes, keeping cats out of gardens, winter care, establishing good community relations and much more.
How to Perform a Mass Trapping: This 32-minute video on mass trapping provides a visual guide to the trap-neuter-return of an entire feral cat colony at once. Each step in the process is demonstrated using footage from actual Neighborhood Cats projects, including establishing a feeding pattern, finding a holding space, caring for cats in traps, trapping, eartipping, post-op recovery and release.
Each handbook or video is available on loan free of charge from The Worthy Pause. (A $20 cash deposit is required for each item, and will be refunded in full upon its return in good condition.) Read more about the book and video at the Neighborhood Cats web site.
HUMANE TRAPS AVAILABLE As a service to the community, we offer the use of humane traps for those who wish to trap stray cats, have them neutered and either find good homes or release, continue to feed and provide shelter for them. There is no charge for the use of the trap, but a $75 deposit is required, to be refunded upon return of the trap in good condition.