ANDERSON, S.C. (FOX Carolina) – What started with a love of cats and a want to foster kittens has grown into Ashleigh Bello’s year-round mission to curb the neighborhood’s feral feline inhabitants.
“We have to get to the basis of the issue,” Bello informed FOX Carolina. “That’s the place ‘TNR’ was born.”
“TNR” stands entice, neuter (or spay) and launch – the method that Bello’s nonprofit, Chiquitin’s Cat Undertaking, Inc., follows each time known as upon for assist.
Bello mentioned there many volunteers and a number of teams that concentrate on colonies or particular areas the place feral cats reside. She mentioned TNR has been utilized in dozens of colonies throughout the county.
“We’ll get requests from individuals who have a colony at their home or downtown the place there are a bunch of cats that have to be spayed or neutered,” Bello mentioned.
Bello mentioned a feminine cat that isn’t spayed can go into warmth two to 3 instances a 12 months, and over a seven-year interval, that very same cat and her offspring can produce shut to five,000 kittens.
The cats trapped by Chiquitin’s Cat Undertaking are taken to a neighborhood shelter, Anderson County PAWS, which spays and neuters the animals freed from cost. The nonprofit depends on donations to feed and supply veterinary look after the cats as soon as they’re returned to their colony.
Bello’s nonprofit is called after the primary kitten she rescued together with her now-husband whereas they had been college students within the Caribbean.
“He was only a tiny kitten – actually sick and lined in fleas. My husband is from Colombia, South America, so he was, like, ‘Let’s title him Chiquitin’ – which implies ‘baby’ in Spanish.
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