Kingsport Times-News: Animal groups work together to combat feral cat problem in Rock Springs
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Animal groups work together to combat feral cat problem in Rock Springs

Staff • Jul 7, 2019 at 10:30 PM

KINGSPORT — More than 20 feral Sullivan County cats were recently rounded up and taken to be spayed or neutered, thanks to the cooperative efforts of three local animal groups.

Representatives of Bridge Home No Kill Animal Rescue in Blountville, Holly Help Spay-Neuter Fund in Bristol, and the Animal Defense League in Abingdon worked together to round up the cats and get them veterinary services.

Regina Isenberg, founder and director of Bridge Home, said some residents of a trailer park in the Rock Springs area told her about the cats, saying some of them were sick and that one had been hit by a car.

“We got together and we got the cats and took 17 of them to Margaret Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic,” Isenberg said. Five other feral cats the group caught were too young to be spayed or neutered, but they will be when they are old enough, Isenberg said.

The cats also received treatment for fleas and worms, and one was treated for an ear infection.

“All of these cats are now neutered or spayed. They won’t reproduce.” Isenberg said. “This is what we have to do. There is no shortcut to solving the problem. It’s spay or neuter.”

Bridge Home can help with the spay or neuter costs for the dogs and cats of some local pet owners.

Isenberg said Bridge Home receives grant funds from the sales of Tennessee’s Animal Friendly specialty license plates to provide low-cost spaying or neutering for dogs and cats.

“The state only asks that people need to be on Social Security or public assistance. If they bring their paperwork, we will make the (vet) appointment. They can get a dog or cat spayed or neutered for $10. I think that’s wonderful. That’s how we will help overpopulation,” Isenberg said.

YOU CAN HELP

Donations of pet food, puppy pads, clumping cat litter and other materials an animal shelter needs are always appreciated, Isenberg said. And tax-deductible donations are always welcome and can be mailed to Bridge Home Animal Rescue at P.O. Box 654, Blountville, TN 37617. For more information on other ways you can help Bridge Home, call (423) 239-5237.

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