Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare

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    SCFAW’s Barn Cat Placement Program gives new homes to spayed/neutered feral cats, which then help control rodent problems.
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    James Bolger, DVM and SCFAW Veterinary Medical Adviser, performs spay/neuter and other veterinary services for cats through Scratch’s Patch-Up Program.
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    Local veterinarians support SCFAW’s goal of providing low-cost spay/neuter services to cats from financially challenged households.
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    Following the vital, one-time spay/neuter surgical procedure, cats are better behaved and live longer, healthier lives, and cat overpopulation and homelessness are reduced.
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    Nothing’s cuter than kittens, but cats breed constantly, and feline overpopulation is a national tragedy that can be easily reduced through spay/neuter.
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    Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare
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    Cat owners across Central Massachusetts have their pets spayed/neutered at SCFAW’s Quick Fix Clinics, which are hosted by local vets.
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    Besides avoiding unwanted litters, spay/neuter helps cats, like Happy Twinkletoes here, live healthier, more contented lives with fewer nuisance behaviors, such as spraying, yowling, and wandering.

The mission of Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare (SCFAW) is to reduce the suffering of homeless cats in Central Massachusetts by preventing the tragedy before it begins. We achieve this by offering affordable, accessible spay and neuter services for pet cats and tame strays. We also provide counseling on difficult pet issues and care for catastrophic illness or injury of dogs and cats from economically challenged households. We are the only group of this kind in Central Massachusetts.

Since October 2000, we have spayed or neutered more than 11,000 animals, including many homeless cats — both feral cats and lost or abandoned pets. This work has reduced the tragedy of cat overpopulation and helped our feline friends live healthier, happier lives. In turn, a greater number of financially challenged households are able to keep their beloved pets rather than give them up for adoption or abandon them to the dangers and challenges of the streets.

According to the most recent MSPCA survey results published in 2006, 6% of all pet cats are not spayed or neutered. This appears to be a relatively small number — perhaps only 6,000 in Worcester County, MA. But once lost or abandoned, these 6% in the home become 66% of all homeless street cats, or 50,000-150,000 cats! They breed prolifically for several years before the stress and peril of homelessness sadly overcomes them.

Therefore, we focus on spaying and neutering as many pet cats as possible to curtail homelessness before it starts. We believe addressing the root cause is the most effective way to end the suffering.