2018-03-15 / Letters

Animal doctor Harrison part of good Samaritans

To the editor:

Thanks to the generosity of others, a colony of feral cats in Lake Leelanau, is getting a chance for a better life. People have “dumped” unwanted cats at the Schaub Dairy Farm for years. It became an endless cycle of overpopulation and poor quality of life for the cats. Many kittens die of disease. Cats who survive to adulthood risk getting hit by cars, killed by coyotes or dying of infection or disease.

Over the years, many cats have been rescued and given good homes. Most of those that remain have been tamed by my husband’s nephew, Eric, and his young nieces and nephew. But the cost to spay and neuter and feed all of these animals is overwhelming. So it has never been attempted on a large scale before.

Enter the good Samaritans...whoever they are. Our vet, Dr. Jerry Harrison, and his staff, became aware of the problem and through their generosity and them getting the word out, donations started to come in. Donations of money have allowed us to be able to have 4 of the at least 21 cats spayed or neutered. That may not seem like much, but since 3 of those are females and those 3 could have 2-3 litters of kittens a year with anywhere from 1-8 kittens per litter, well, you do the math! A single pair of cats and their kittens can produce up to 420,000 kittens within 7 years!

So thank you to all who have donated money for this and all who have dropped food off at Dr. Harrison’s to help us feed these wonderful felines. If anyone else would be willing to help us with this monumental task or would like to adopt one of these kitties, please contact Dr. Harrison’s office at 256- 8853 or leave a message at 256-7518.

We have also been in touch with Community Cats of Benzie County who have offered to help spay / neuter and vaccinate for a donation of $35 per cat, but they are not available to us until April or May. By then, many of the females will already be giving birth so we are working to get as many of them spayed as possible before that happens. Then we can work with Carol McKee, from Benzie, on getting the males taken care of.

They live longer, healthier lives and there is no longer a need for territorial fighting. They happily keep the rodent population in check and are less likely to wander to someone else’s property and become their problem. Thank you to all who have helped and might be willing to help us continue this process until complete.

submitted by:
Lucy Schaub
French Rd.
Lake Leelanau

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