KOLOA — This time veterinarians and volunteers are going all-out in their effort to spay and neuter as many cats as they can on Kauai.
Through Thursday you can get free surgeries for outdoor cats and surgeries for just $25 for owned pets at either All Saints Church in Kapaa or at the Koloa Missionary Church. Drop off is between 8 and 9 a.m. and pickup is in the early afternoon.
“Bring us (your) cats!” said Animal Balance program director Elsa Kholbus on Monday, a day after both the clinics started up. She said they may have some room for dog surgeries as well, but at a limited number. Cost for dog sterilization is a $60 donation and includes a microchip.
It’s not the first MASH (Mobile Animal Sterilization Clinic) on the island, but it is the first time there’s been more than one location up and running at a time.
And so, it’s been dubbed the “Mega-MASH”.
Animal Balance, a nonprofit organization focused on reducing feral cat and dog populations on islands, partners with organizations like the Kauai Community Cat Project to make the MASH clinics happen — the first occurred on Kauai with an international team of veterinarian volunteers in 2017.
During that first clinic, hosted on the Kauai Humane Society lawn, community and visitor volunteers banded together to sterilize about 600 animals in six days. Since then, they’ve held multiple clinics on Kauai and have grown those numbers to being able to target 800 animals in that timeframe.
The partnership has also spawned a Spay Pod, a semi-mobile clinic that can handle a small amount of surgeries at a time, but can provide that steady, affordable access to sterilization surgeries. The Spay Pod landed on Kauai in January 2019 and reached 1,000 surgeries in June.
Now, the partnership is back on island with an even bigger goal — to sterilize 2,000 cats in one week. That’s why they expanded locations and grew their volunteer base, about 50 international volunteers are currently on island working with the project.
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