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OROVILLE, Calif. – Homeless cats are causing problems in Oroville. The cat overpopulation is growing every year.
“One cat could get pregnant and have five kittens, and those kittens could reproduce and it just multiplies so fast,” Vet Assistant Jenna Borringer said.
Paws of Oroville is working with local shelters and rescuing kittens to help prevent newborns from becoming sick and homeless.
“What we’re doing is we can’t just trap and release, but we have to feed them because they’re not healthy enough to be spayed or neutered right now,” Borringer said.
A property in Palermo has over 35 cats, and it’s just one of many properties with this problem.
Borringer said the property owners have been feeding and accumulating all these cats and it’s gotten out of hand.
“So what we’ve been doing is pulling 20, 21 or so at a time every month or so as fast as we can move kittens and adopt kittens out and we go back and get some more,” Borringer said.
The clinic plans to spay or neuter, vaccinate, de-flee, de-worm, and microchip the cats.
Some of the rescues are currently being fed at the local shelter before they can be fixed.
“We have to fatten them up so they will live through the spay or neuter process,” Borringer said.
But the clinic needs help from the public.
“Everything that the community donates to us will 100% go to animals in need,” Borringer said.
Paws of Oroville is looking for donations to fund their project, with each cats procedure to cost $35, their goal is to raise $2,000.
“Everyone needs to realize the importance of spaying and neutering, that’s a big problem,” Borringer said.
Paws of Oroville are understaffed, so they’re also looking for help in hiring a spay and neuter doctor.
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