HSSM awarded PetSmart Grant to spay/neuter stray cats

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Humane Society of South Mississippi was recently awarded another grant from Pet Smart charities to continue their efforts in spaying and neutering stray cats.

"What we want to do is stabilize, and eventually reduce that population through its natural process through a program we call our community cats program or spay, neuter, return," said Krystyna Schmitt, who is the Marketing Specialist for HSSM.

While some people may wonder why the stray cats are returned and not kept by the Humane Society, Schmitt says it's just a more natural way of doing things.

"We want to completely eliminate the euthanasia of cats, kittens, especially those feral cats that previously would have come into the shelter and, most likely just because they're feral, can't be adopted into a normal home," said Schmitt.

In November of 2013, Pet Smart Charities awarded HSSM $61,000 to provide free spay and neuter to outdoor and free-roaming cats in the City of Gulfport as well as the City of Biloxi. With their last spay and neuter grant, HSSM was able to fix about 2,000 cats throughout Harrison County.

"This was sort of a renewal of that grant funding. Now what we're seeing is we're actually getting less and less calls from Gulfport, because we have so effectively handled the issue in this city," said Schmitt.

With the $61,000 grant they should be able to fix about 1,500 cats, and their goal is to do it by the end of the summer.

If you have seen a stray cat near your home or business and would like to participate in the program, you can either take it to the Humane Society of South Mississippi located at 2615 25th Avenue in Gulfport or call 228-863-3354 ext. 127, and they can send out a technician.

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