Mission Statement :
Our focus is to educate and raise funds to provide proactive spay/neuter services for un-owned community cats.
What We Do:
Michiana faces a problem most communities face – an overpopulation of free-roaming cats. A significant amount of these cats are tame, discarded pets. Feeling compassion, many families (referred to as “colony caretakers”) feed these community cats. Unfortunately, a great deal of the cats are found in low-income neighborhoods. Without our intervention, these cats will continue to breed, overwhelming our city’s residents and animal control in a never-ending cycle. With your help, we are able to reach out to these kind-hearted citizens and offer them the financial support needed to spay and neuter our community’s discarded and free-roaming cats. When needed, we can provide assistance in trapping and transporting the colony cats to the spay/neuter clinic for surgery.
The Meow Mission deeply respects our community cats’ right to life. We are dedicated to advocate for the protection and humane treatment of cats. More than 3,000 healthy cats are killed annually in South Bend and Mishawaka’s shelters. 75% of the cats that enter our shelters are “euthanized.” The World Dictionary defines euthanasia as mercy killing – the act of killing someone painlessly especially to relieve suffering from an incurable illness. We do not believe exterminating healthy animals, simply because they are inconvenient, is “euthanasia”, it is inhumane, unnecessary killing.
The Meow Mission is dedicated to educating the public on the vacuum effect – a natural phenomenon where catching and killing free-roaming cats simply allows a new influx of cats to move in and replace those that were killed. Exterminating these cats is a futile exercise; in addition to being inhumane and unnecessary, this archaic, brutal practice is costly to the community. Michiana’s policy of catch and kill is not, nor will it ever be, an effective way to reduce the overpopulation of free-roaming cats.
What We’ve Done to Date
Since our inception of 2011, we’ve fixed just over 300 cats. Last year we held our first annual “Get Your Fix” day in recognition of National Feral Cat Day. ABC Clinic fixed 50 cats at a cost of just $15 per cat to the caretaker. This year, we held our 2nd annual “Get Your Fix” day and Kryder Veterinary Clinic fixed 40 cats at a cost of just $15 per cat to the caretaker. We were able to provide these services thanks to donations from the community and event proceeds.
In an effort of being as transparent as possible, we’ve submitted all record requirements to Guidestar and received their gold seal of participation. Click the logo below for more information on Guidestar.
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened”-Anatole France