Cat spaying program excited to be ‘celebrating 200’

Published 7:02 am Friday, February 15, 2013

Dear Editor,

I’m celebrating 200!

Seriously! If you don’t believe me, you can ask the doctors who helped me get to this great big, wonderful number.

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These doctors are veterinarians. (By the way, vets spend the same time, sweat and tears, hours and money that human doctors do to get their education. I argue that they actually work harder, because their patients can’t tell them where it hurts.)

Thank you Dr. Russell Henly, Dr. Heather Dean, Dr. Edgar Hight, Dr. David Bryan and Dr. Clifford Bailey. And, of course, all the terrific staff at their hospitals.

These doctors have helped Marley Memorial Spay/Neuter for Cats reach the more than 200 cats whose “parents” couldn’t quite afford the surgery on their own.

If you want to do a little math, let’s say 50 percent were lady cats that have four to six kittens per litter. That’s 400 to 600 kittens that didn’t have to face an uncertain life in a county with a huge over-population problem. Some females can have two litters each year. Let’s say 50 percent. That’s 200 to 300 more babies.

And the boys! Oh, we all know how boys sow “wild oats.” So, there’s really no way of guessing how many litters were prevented by the generous doctors who did these “snips and tucks.” But, let’s say these bad boys could have created two litters each per year, at four to six kittens per litter. Conservatively that’s another 800 to 1200 kittens.

OK, math has never been one of my talents. Maybe I should be celebrating 2,000.

If you cannot afford to spay or neuter your cat, please call me. I can help. Call me at (229) 400-5610.

Sally Miller