About the Grant
Neuterhead sent Surrey Community Cat Coalition a grant of $5,000, which was used to assist the with spaying and neutering costs in their TNR (trap-neuter-release) program. The grant also covered costs of vaccines for stray and feral cats, and any additional medical treatment (e.g. antibiotics) or dental extractions if required. It is estimated the grant would cover costs for approximately 50 cats.
About Surrey Community Cat Coalition
Surrey Community Cat Coalition was formed to coordinate rescue and education efforts and develop a cohesive action plan to address the number of unwanted cats in Surrey and the underlying causes.
Surrey historically has had a challenging cat overpopulation issue, with nearly 2,000 homeless and abandoned cats and kittens rescued every year—and that doesn’t accurately reflect how many cats are actually on the streets because animal shelters are always at capacity, so they are limited in the number of cats they can take in.
In early 2014, Lubna Ekramoddoullah, an animal welfare advocate, organized a stakeholder forum for animal welfare organizations in Metro Vancouver to address the growing number of homeless cats in Surrey, which was just too many for any of the individual organizations to handle alone. The Coalition has a working group that provides advice and direction on strategic priorities. The working group includes the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association, Katie’s Place Animal Shelter, Paws for Hope Animal Foundation, BC SPCA, and Surrey Animal Resource Centre.
One of its initiatives is the spay/neuter program for low income residents in Surrey, which was the first of its kind. The program has helped 570 residents and families spay and neuter nearly 900 cats. The organization has also spayed and neutered 200 cats through the TNR program. Surrey Community Cat Coalition also runs a pet food bank. Pet food is donated by the public and deliver it to the Surrey Urban Mission. The mission operates a food bank for low income residents, and the pet food is distributed to those who need it.