Our mission is to:
1) humanely and proactively reduce the free-roaming cat population of Northwestern Indiana/Southwestern Michigan
2) eliminate the barriers that free-roaming cat caretakers encounter with spaying and neutering colony cats
3) educate the community on the merits and methods of Trap/Neuter/Return practices
Located in St. Joseph County, Indiana, the Meow Mission is an all-volunteer nonprofit that practices and promotes Trap/Neuter/Return. 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; often being cared for by the elderly and handicapped or house-bound. 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 assist these kind-hearted folks 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 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. Catch and kill is not, nor will it ever be, an effective way to reduce the overpopulation of free-roaming cats.
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