Ocracats, the local non-profit that works with the feral cat population on Ocracoke Island, will hold a free feral cat neuter-spay clinic for three days, Sept 22, 23 and 24, in the Ocracoke Fire House on Irvin Garrish Hwy.
Any islanders who have adopted and tamed a feral cat are welcome to bring this pet to the clinic as well.
All cats will be vaccinated for rabies.
Ocracat volunteers will be setting traps starting the week of Sept. 20, and would like input from the community about the location of breeding feral cats. Flyers at the post office and the Variety Store will be posted for islanders to request trapping.
Anyone who would like to borrow a Havahart trap to use for the clinic can also indicate this on the poster.
Any feral cat that has a notched ear has already been fixed and should not be brought to the clinic.
Ocracats always needs help with the clinics.
Besides trapping and transporting the cats to and from the fire house, there are a lot of other jobs that need to be handled, such as filling in rabies certificates, keeping an ongoing record of the surgeries so that all cats are released to their correct colonies, set up and clean up, food donations, and fundraising table management.
All the usual volunteers for the clinic must find time for this even though everyone works other jobs.
Just an hour of volunteer time would help immeasurably. Those interested may also add their names and phone numbers to the sign-up flyers.
The best way to contact Ocracats is by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Facebook.