We are writing to address some misinformation contained in a letter by Melissa Bowers about the Humane Society of Allen County and our programs.
First and foremost Operation Catnip – our TNR program – is not on hold. While it has not progressed as quickly as originally hoped we continue to work in the city of Lima under the agreement we have with the city. We have completed our work in several wards of the city and are on target to completing our commitment for 2013 of 350 cats – 50 per ward – served.
Second, there is no application process or direct cost to the public for our TNR program. The medical care for the stray and feral cats trapped, neutered and returned under Operation Catnip is covered by the grant dollars received for the program.
That said, we do require an application for those persons participating in our pet food assistance program, which includes a low-cost spay/neuter component for those participating animals only. As with other charitable assistance programs we do require certification of need for participation in the food assistance program. Let us be clear: the food assistance program is in no way connected to Operation Catnip.
We do not at the present time offer a low-cost spay/neuter clinic and we applaud those organizations — such as Angels for Animals and the Wyandot County Humane Society mentioned in Bowers’ letter — that do. They fulfill a need. We strongly encourage all pet owners to have their pets spayed and neutered. It not only helps to control the unwanted pet population but also reduces the animal’s risk of reproductive cancers.
— Helen Miller, president
The board of directors of the Humane Society of Allen County
— Alicia Phillips
Interim executive director Humane Society of Allen County