Cat Food Drive – In Honor of Feral Cat Day

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LifeLine Animal Project is having a fundraiser and cat food drive for feral cats on October 11 – 17 in honor of National Feral Cat Day on October 16.  The food they collect will go to feed feral cat colonies that they’ve spayed/neutered throughout Atlanta through the winter.  Also, all DeKalb and Fulton County residents may bring feral and stray cats into either of their clinics to get them fixed for FREE.  They provide traps if necessary.
An estimated 25,000 feral cats each year end up in Atlanta’s shelters, and are euthanized. The taxpayer cost in the Atlanta area to trap and euthanize these cats is about $3.5 million annually.  Through LifeLine’s Catlanta program, volunteers trap the cats, LifeLine Spays/Neuters them, and they are returned to a community where they are fed by a neighborhood volunteer.  They have fixed 30,000 feral cats this way, and it costs taxpayers nothing.  
Below is their press release on their cat food drive and fundraiser.  Please help us spread the word.

LIFELINE ANIMAL PROJECT TO HOLD CAT FOOD DRIVE AND FUNDRAISER

IN HONOR OF NATIONAL FERAL CAT DAY  

ATLANTA, GA — (October 8, 2015)    LifeLine Animal Project, the nonprofit that launched the first and largest program to assist feral and stray cats in Atlanta, will hold a feral cat food drive and fundraiser from October 11 through October 17, in honor of the 15th Annual National Feral Cat Day on October 16.  Unopened bags of dry cat food are tax-deductible and may be dropped at the LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinic, 2533 Sullivan Road in College Park, or the DeKalb County Animal Services shelter, 845 Camp Road in Decatur. For days and drop off hours, please visit http://www.lifelineanimal.org/news/110-feral-cat-day.

According to LifeLine’s Feral Cat Program Director Gin Taylor, food and donations are urgently needed to help feral cats during colder months.  “Our feral colony volunteers are in dire need of food and funding to sustain cats over the winter months,” she says.  “All donations will help protect the many community cats in the greater Atlanta area and will be greatly appreciated.”

National Feral Cat Day was launched in 2001 by Alley Cat Allies to raise awareness about feral cats and promote Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) as a humane alternative to euthanasia.  Since 2002, LifeLine Animal Project has been advocating for the humane treatment of community cats in Atlanta, and assisting feral and stray cats through its TNR programs and LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinics.  The first and largest program of its kind in the Atlanta area, LifeLine’s community cat program provides below-cost vet care, free food, and assistance to unowned, outdoor cats throughout greater Atlanta.

Additionally, LifeLine Animal Project began offering free spays/neuters and rabies vaccinations to all feral and stray cats brought in by residents of DeKalb and Fulton counties shortly after commencing management of DeKalb County Animal Services and Fulton County Animal Services in 2013.  LifeLine encourages all residents of DeKalb and Fulton who are feeding or who see free-roaming cats in their communities to take advantage of the free spay/neuter services available at LifeLine’s Spay & Neuter Clinics, located at 129 Lake Street in Avondale Estates and 2533 Sullivan Road in College Park.

 

About LifeLine Animal Project

Founded in 2002, LifeLine Animal Project is the leading nonprofit organization providing lifesaving solutions to end the killing of healthy and treatable animals in county shelters, promote animal welfare and prevent pet overpopulation in metro Atlanta. As the managing organization for DeKalb County Animal Services and Fulton County Animal Services, LifeLine has dramatically increased adoption rates and decreased euthanasia rates by more than half at both shelters.  The organization also operates two low-cost spay/neuter clinics, which have performed over 85,000 surgeries to date, and its own rehabilitative, no-kill shelter and a cat adoption center. Other outreach efforts include its Catlanta trap-neuter-return program, the first and largest in metro Atlanta, for stray and feral cats.  For more information, please visit LifeLineAnimal.org.

 

 

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WagBrag’s co-founder, Russ Boles, has a deep history in animal rescue and welfare. For the past 12 years, Russ has served in various roles with Atlanta-based animal advocacy organizations focused on rescue, training and education. In addition, Russ led a local rescue volunteer team into New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina, assisting in efforts to rescue and care for stranded animals. This experience changed his life, and animal rescue and advocacy will always be a part of everything he does.

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