XU campus cats to undergo spay and neuter campaign


In order to dispose of the 36 cats currently residing in the XU main campus premises, the University administration has started a Spay and Neuter Campaign (SNC) for the month of September. The initiative, called the XU Cats-SNC, follows the Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, and Rehome (TNVR) process. It aims to rid the campus of the cats as they pose a problem on cleanliness and logistics.

“Cats don’t have a heat cycle. They are always fertile, if not pregnant. You can see overpopulation (of cats) because they can get pregnant three to four times a year,” says XU-Cats SNC Official Veterinarian Dr. Keeno Moralde. “It’s healthier for the cats din kasi hindi na sila mabubuntis, and hindi na rin sila dadami. It’s the humane approach,” he adds.

In pursuit of XU Cats-SNC, the University is assigned to build traps and catios to be used in capturing the 36 cats. Aside from this, XU will also shoulder 50 percent of the total SNC costs. Meanwhile, its partner organizations—CDO Animal Rescue Org, Vets for Pets, MEOW CDO, Paw-Ever Home, and Cagayan de Oro Stray Haven, Inc.—will shoulder the other 50 percent. This includes providing for cat food and catio maintenance, facilitating the TNVR process, and expediting the adoption of the cats through social media.

The XU-Cats SNC official timeline eyes the second week of September for the deadline of fund collection. Spearheaded by MEOW CDO, the initiative hopes to raise Php 15,000 in donations.

As of writing, the University is still in the process of building traps and catios and the partner organizations are still raising funds to sponsor the cats’ food and other TNRV supplies through their social media platforms.

The SNC is scheduled on Sept 15 at the University campus covered courts while the adoption process is set to begin on the first week of October.C

For donations, you may send them to the following:
GCash Account Number: 09656136383

Reina Margaret Gwynette Villamor

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