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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-20-2009, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Feral Cat Fixathon

Got this email from my FOCAS coordinator:

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The Feral Cat Fixathon is a huge clinic, a joint effort between the Feral Cat Coalition, SNAP, and Rancho San Diego Animal Hospital that fixes hundreds of feral cats in one day.

The Fixathon is a miracle for feral and stray cats:

* Fixed cats fight less, which means less stress and less injuries.
* Fixed cats are less of a nuisance to humans, and are less likely to end up in shelters or worse.
* And of course, fixed cats don't breed!

Mike at FCC tells me they are going to need all types of help: RVT's, transporters, prep shavers, groomers, an autoclave operator and lots of people to watch the cats in recovery. It takes about 100 volunteers for a successful clinic!

Set-up starts at 8:30am, surgery starts at 10am, pick-up time is 3:30 and everyone is usually packed up and out of there by 6pm.

You can stay for a few hours or help all day if you want. No experience needed!

If you can help, please email Mike.
So I signed up. Got an email immediately asking if I wanted to sit, stand, walk around and if blood makes me squeamish.

I said just put me where you need me the most.

This is such a good program!

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What a great program. I'm glad you will be able to help Marie.


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Kind of rethinking the "blood" answer, though.

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Kind of rethinking the "blood" answer, though.
You can always close your eyes. I don't think anyone will notice.


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Well, I donate blood and I'm fine with that, but when my groomer cut the quick on one of Cleo's nails, I thought I would pass out. But I think if it's not my kitty, I'll be fine.

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Kind of rethinking the "blood" answer, though.
I hear you!
I got a little "whooshy" when I was present for my neighbor's Irish Wolfhound to be spayed in the early 90s. It was done on the kitchen table, her legs were tied to the chairs...and it was before I'd had breakfast. I just went and sat down until the feeling passed.
I was fine when my vet neutered Marmy at my home and for the castrations of two of my male horses...and the horses were pretty darn bloody. (poor boys!)

I think cats will be much better, they don't have to open up the female cats very much at all. I don't htink it will be bloody cats you will be seeing, probably just bloody sponges/gauze, gloves, scalpels, forceps or retractors.



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That's true. When you see dogs or cats being fixed on TV shows like Dogtown, the upsetting thing isn't blood but the position they're in -- legs akimbo, tube hanging out of their mouth, and totally incapacitated. That's an image I really don't like. But Marie, that's absolutely great you're volunteering for this.


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I wish our area would do something like that, I'd volunteer in a heartbeat!



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That's fantastic! The blood thing...Marie,I can tell you from experience,after you've been on the job a while,you'll be amazed at how much this kind of thing won't bother you. Go, Ma-RIE!
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I wish my area would do something similar. But it might be too much to expect from tiny Guntersville.
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