ARF Claims Neutering Record

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Dr. Christine Asaro performs surgery in the ARF Spay/Neuter Van. Photo courtesy ARF.
Dr. Christine Asaro performs surgery in the ARF Spay/Neuter Van. Photo courtesy ARF.

There may be more than one way to skin a cat, but the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons on Friday stuck to a couple of tried and true methods when it neutered a record-breaking 56 feral cats as part of its Operation Cat Program.

The program provides free spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations for feral cats in the area. Volunteers from Brookhaven Town and beyond trapped cats at various locations and brought them to the ARF Mobile Spay/Neuter Van which was stationed at the ARF Adoption Center in Wainscott. A total of 29 females and 27 males were spayed or neutered by Dr. Christine Asaro with support from Dr. Sarah Alward.

The mass trapping was part of ARF’s Operation Cat program, one of the leading Trap/Neuter/Return programs in New York, which has recently has expanded west into Brookhaven and Smithtown.

Michele Forrester, the senior director of operations and partnerships at ARF, said, “The ARF Mobile Spay/Neuter Van is a great help in our ongoing work to reduce feral cat populations on Long Island. We are so grateful to have the support of the Brookhaven Animal Shelter and The Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter in this project.”

The program is now booking dates for free spay/neuter surgeries in October with emphasis on Friday, October 19, “National Feral Cat Day,” with a goal of performing 100 surgeries, which would be another record for the program. Appointments must be made in advance by contacting Rita Del Rey at (631)-537-0400, extension 210, or emailing rita@arfhamptons.org.

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