The Big Fix—Community Cats Get Neutered!

Volunteers are needed for "The Big Fix"!

Four animal welfare organizations on eastern Long Island announced that they
are teaming up to conduct a mass trapping for community (feral) cats on Sunday, November 18th,  2012.  The four participating organizations include:  Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Inc., Bideawee, Kent Animal Shelter and the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation.

Calling it “The Big Fix” the goal of the day is to get 80 cats neutered and vaccinated as part of an ongoing TNR (trap/neuter/return) program that each organization endorses.

A veterinarian and a team of volunteers will be stationed at each facility to process the cats.  The treatment for each cat will include neutering, vaccination against rabies and distemper and an ear tip to identify the cat in the future.   Volunteer trappers will trap the cats at colonies in East Hampton, Southampton and Riverhead Towns, and bring them to the nearest facility for treatment. 

TNR is the nationally recognized, humane way to control community cats.  Neutered cats in managed colonies are healthy and no longer reproducing.  Objectionable behavior such as spraying and yowling cease after neutering. Over time, the managed colony decreases in size until all the cats have passed on.

Funding for the Big Fix is being privately funded by each organization. Pam Green, Executive Director of the Kent Animal Shelter commented “Our funding for this important project is being provided by a grant from PetSmart Charities. Kent will work closely with S.A.V.E.S. to spay and neuter feral cats in several locations in the Riverhead community.”

Anyone with knowledge of an unmanaged colony of cats is encouraged to call Rita Del Rey, The Operation Cat Coordinator for the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons for information on how to participate in the Big Fix. Rita@arfhamptons.org or call 631-537-0400 x210.

Donald Bambrick, the Animal Shelter Supervisor for Southampton Town noted that “TNR is the official policy of the Town of Southampton for feral cats.  With
cat and kitten numbers at capacity at our shelter, TNR is important to keep feral cats and their offspring out of the shelter”.

Nancy Taylor, the Executive Director of Bideawee commented that “Bideawee is thrilled to be involved in the Big Fix.  We look forward to a successful day.”

The following veterinarians will be heading up the surgical teams:  Dr. Sarah Alward for ARF, Dr. Teri Meekins for Southampton Shelter, Dr. Melissa Young for Bideawee and Dr. John Berger for Kent.

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muskrat November 18, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I have cats, both my own and feral, on my small farm and I have lots of wildlife. In counterpoint to DoItRight, I can hear owls hooting softly at night; I see hawks hunting the pastures for small creatures duringthe day; racoons get into my garden; occassionally I spot an opossum or weasel, and I had a den of foxes in my orchard the summer before last - all of which seem to be able to get enough food to survive. Clearly cats are not making a dent into the small creature population. There are too many feral cats and they do need to be neutered. I applaude groups who take on the responsibility because it is a big job. Any idiot - are you listening DoItRight? - can take out a gun and knock off some cats, but others will come back. Shooting them will not solve the problem. Neutering them will.
justbreath November 18, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Doltright, I feel very sorry for you, I will pray you get the proper help...and pray, and pray, and pray..LOL!!!
justbreath November 18, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Wow! I just came across this forum and I am amazed. DoItRight, it sounds as though you are quite obsessed by this topic. It sounds like you might have some intelligence or perhaps you are just spewing out any garbage you are reading on the internet to back up your joy for killing. Quoting percentages down to 1/100th of a fraction. Is that commited to memory or do you have a couple of windows open there on your laptop? Beside your quick facts and spew-age of numbers. I believe you are being perceived by most, if not all viewers as a "Hill-Billy think you know it all". I can imaging you sitting out in your rocking chair on your back porch, rifle in hand, wearing your overalls with no undershirt, spittoon at your side, But now with an ipad in lap that your daughter bought you for last Christmas to keep you entertained while you waste your life away just waiting for the next cat to appear. Where the hell do you live anyway that your land has been ravaged by cats? I dont know, sounds like they are quite attracted to you. Maybe you should clean up the pile of fish carcasses in the yard. You talk about how all the wild life has moved back in on your land, I suppose that is along with all the vermin. From what I have read you say the vermin are attracted by the cats, Not sure how that might work, why the hell would any critter move to an area where it is sure to be hunted down. You do sound quite insane! Glad I am not your neighbor! I'm betting you voted for Romney also.
forward thinking November 18, 2012 at 07:33 PM
wow - cant believe this - by their morals open more oriental rest and the cat pop will diminish -- they should worry more about other illegals illegals no they voted for o because cats have rights and should get free food with their free phone - all of which we pay for --
DoItRight November 18, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Your last comment " ... take out a gun and knock off some cats, but others will come back ..." now proves to me that everything you said is a LIE. Nothing that you tell anyone can be trusted. I shot and buried hundreds of cats 3 years ago now. ZERO cats have replaced them in all this time. BUT, should even ONE cat ever step paw on my land again one day? Shoot on sight A.S.A.P. Because cats attract cats and I'll have another infestation to shoot and bury in no time if I don't. Leaving even ONE cat alive on your property and you'll only get more, guaranteed. My lands have been 100% CAT-FREE FOR 3 YEARS. Therefore, you don't know one thing that you are talking about. Do you often make up stories about wanting to live in the country and around wildlife and what it must be like? Go watch another bambi-cartoon.
DoItRight November 18, 2012 at 08:29 PM
When you can learn advanced calculus in as early as 10th grade, maybe you'll have something worth replying to.
DoItRight November 18, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Due to all the heinous and deadly diseases that cats carry and spread today, it would be wrong to advise they be used for food in this day and age (even in jest). The risk to anyone dressing them for even the use of their furs today (as they were commonly used in the past) could be deadly to the people involved. I tried feeding one of the shot-dead cats on my land to the last few starving opossum (almost all the rest of my native wildlife starved to death from cats destroying all their food sources). Those opossum promptly died from some disease in that cat-meat. Alarming -- in that opossum, due to their cooler body temperatures, cannot contract nor transmit many common diseases, not even rabies. They are one of the most disease-free animals in N. America. (Quite an admirable species when you learn about them.) Yet ... something in that cat-meat was able to kill them all. Cats truly are complete and total wastes of flesh. They can't even be used to safely feed wild animals. Leaving any of these invasive-species cats out in nature, alive OR dead, is no better than intentionally poisoning your native wildlife to death. PLEASE dispose of them safely and responsibly. Wear gloves while doing so to protect yourself as well. After the last cat is gone incinerate or bury those gloves too.
Dia November 18, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Forward thinking has a bit of a "backward thinking". What does O have to do with the discusion of cats being neutered!!!!????? I pray that these two NEVER get to meet each other!!!!!!!!~
justbreath November 18, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Having accomplished Advanced Calculus myself and Differential Equations, along with a degree in Engineering Science from a top 20 US college for Engineering, I sincerely doubt your claim. If you did learn Advanced Calculus then why do you have attacks against Dr's and PhD's in your earlier posts. I suppose you could not attain a higher level of education.
DoItRight November 18, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Ah, I get it now. I'm just dealing with a troll. If you had read the above information that I posted you'd have learned how cats attract rodents right to your door. Let me guess, by your use of language, etc.: 19? Maybe 20? Mommy's basement bedroom? Dominoes Pizza Delivery Boy? (if lucky) Only someone who is more intelligent than the majority of those with PhDs and Dr.s attached to their names can see them for what they truly are. Now that I know what you are you'll need to find someone else to feed you. I don't feed mommy's-basement-dwelling trolls. I found a solution for the feral-cat problem that is 100% effective and is affordable by anyone, any community, at a rate that is faster than cats' breeding rates. Perhaps you can engage your "vast intellect" into a solution that works and solves every problem, including stopping those that abandon cats. TNR isn't a viable solution. I already proved that. Nobody abandons cats around here either. They don't even adopt new ones anymore. They KNOW all their cats get shot on sight if their cats manage to outsmart them (which only proves that cats are smarter than humans that want them). Yes, 100% effective. Win, win, win, win, win, win, all around. No further laws, regulations, nor licensing required. All that everyone has to do is outfit their preferred firearm or air-rifle with a good scope and laser-sight. Ammo is cheap compared to the years of your lives you've already wasted on cat-lovers and their cats!
Dana Kalbacher November 18, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I am sorry to the blog writer but these comments from DoITRight should be removed from Patch..
justbreath November 18, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Apparently your not very good at deciphering your audience that believe you are nuts. I'll offer some info so you can see how off you are, late 40's, Engineer, home owner. Let's try a guess at you; Single because no woman would dare be with you, living in a shack in the woods, dish on the roof for internet access, 60-75, your friends are the possum and fox in your yard, any other wildlife except those pesky cats. Your hobbies are drinking moonshine and firing off your weapon at those deadly cat critters, Staunch Republican and member of the NRA who thinks gun control is a bad idea.
DoItRight November 18, 2012 at 10:53 PM
I actually quite like seeing when these fringe LUNATIC TNR supporters try to get my posts censored. Simple reason being: The very last bastion of the blind-followers of any wholly proved false and completely failed religion -- censorship. Just like TNR is a now 100% disproved religion; a religion based on nothing but wishful thinking, self-centered and self-aggrandized feel-good imaginings, and psychotic conjecture. AND ZERO FACTS. Whenever these TNR lunatics try to get my posts deleted they have publicly admitted to the whole world that their TNR religion is 100% false and they've got no other way to defend their imaginary beliefs. They have single-handedly denounced the whole concept of TNR in their simple wish for censorship. But then, like I've always said, cat-lovers are always dumber than their cats. Why do you think their cats can outsmart them so often to get away from them? Even their own cats are desperate to not be around them!
DoItRight November 18, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Wrong on all counts, troll. Find someone else to feed you.
justbreath November 18, 2012 at 11:02 PM
That's it!! you are truly pathetic.
DoItRight November 18, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Hmmm... how could I have been in such error on your age estimate. You're not 19 or 20. 14 or 15 is closer to the mark. If not chronologically; then in social, intellectual, and emotional development. Thanks for the clarification.
justbreath November 18, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I already offered that I am in my 40's. I guess you have a problem with reading comprehension.... You are really just a low life and not worthy of anymore of my time on here. Eventually maybe you'll end up in jail were your type belongs, or maybe on the wrong end of a rifle. Maybe one of those cats you shoot will end up being a neighboring cops daughters pet. Then maybe you can quote to him all your crazy ass theories on how detrimental cats are to society while he beats your ass.
highhatsize November 19, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Pity the cats that fall within the obsessed orbit of this psychopathic lunatic.
diane antell November 19, 2012 at 01:21 AM
hey DoltRight...tell me exactly who you are
Penny November 19, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Taylor...when you get back in on Monday, this may be one you want to close comments on. Out of control here. Wow.
RaChY SdY November 19, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Do not be concerned. We don't think he's from your area. If you want to peer into the soul of a very disturbed individual, do a google search for "Woodsman001". Woodsman001 is DoItRight. This man has been banned from sites coast-to-coast. He uses many aliases and DoItRight is just one of them. He has been relentless on a nationwide basis for 3-4 years now.
DoItRight November 19, 2012 at 04:06 AM
FACT: TNR Advocates Are Psychotic Net-Stalkers. ANYONE need only Google for: Loews Hotels Feral Cats, if they want to see just what kind of whack-jobs these people are. Worse than cats. After reading what they did to the owners of Loews hotels, any sane person realizes to not bring these TNR sociopaths and psychopaths right to your door. Here's another recent replay of the same thing that these cat-lover-sociopaths did to Loews Hotels: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-stray-cats-20121026,0,6245372.story A $150 million renovation project for low-income housing, put on hold, jobs lost, money lost, homeless still homeless court costs and lawyers, just to save a few of their feral vermin cRats. This is precisely why everyone is learning to destroy all cats on their properties as quickly and quietly as possible. Telling nobody beforehand about the cats even being there. Long before these cat-lover psychotics get wind of the cats. Shoot cats first, tell no-one later. The only thing worse than feral cats, are feral cat-lovers. You can legally shoot the former, not the latter. You need to pay lawyers and courts to get rid of the latter. THEN you can get rid of their cats. And the sad part is, that's EXACTLY what happens, each and every time. People are wising-up. If ANY cats are around they destroy every last cat first, before they make any other move. pssst... still waiting for any one of you to refute the facts instead of your raving red-herring nonsense
DoItRight November 19, 2012 at 04:20 AM
There's an OH SO SIMPLE fix for that. If you don't want cats to be shot (or ran over by cars, attacked by other cats or animals, lap up poisons, die of infections and wounds, freeze to death, starve to death, bake to death, re-trapped and drowned, etc., etc.) don't let them roam free! Why does this simple solution and FACT escape you? It is YOUR choice to let cats die by any of those means. Every time you open the door and let one wander beyond your supervision. No matter how ANY free-roaming cat dies, that is the DIRECT FAULT AND CAUSE OF THE PERSON THAT LET IT ROAM FREE. Make NO mistake about that! See how that works? No? Of course not. If you let your 3-year-old child go play in the freeway you'd be blaming the cars for your child's death. That's the way that every last one of you think. Irresponsible to a criminal degree.
DoItRight November 19, 2012 at 04:33 AM
RaChY, explain to everyone if I am banned everywhere, then why can you net-stalk all my posts that are still in existence everywhere so easily? LOL See, you just don't get it. None of it.
CATherine Catsmith November 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM
No, please don't take DoItRight's posts down. They are absolutely fascinating. He is being stalked on the internet by netstalkers and in real life by cats - don't you think you would be edgy if the entire weight of the feline kingdom was bearing down on you and your possum friends? According to DoItNow, everyone is a psychopath and nobody knows how the cats are taking over the world, except of course him. Hey DoItNow, I'm thinking tickets to the Lion King would not be a good Christmas Presdent for you and neither would tickets to see the Wildcats play. Did you watch the Tigers in the World Series? This could be a CATharsis for you.
CATherine Catsmith November 19, 2012 at 11:34 AM
"pssst... still waiting for any one of you to refute the facts instead of your raving red-herring nonsense": TNR Works. Its that simple. It reduces the number of cats roaming free and because it is so effective, it has been endorsed by The National Animal Control Association The Humane Society of the United States The ASPCA The American Association of Feline Practitioners The American Animal Hospital Association The Association of Shelter Veterinarians Alley Cat Allies PetsMart Charities Best Friends Animal Society So far, murdering cats with guns and bow and arrows is only endorsed by you. Don't even start, I don't care for cats. At all. But I do love crazy people. Like you. Consider me a cat and you are a little ball of catnip and I am batting you around and having some fun. Watcha got gun boy.
Kerrie Graham November 19, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I agree with one of the comments that Doitright is Woodsman01. I googled him and saw some of the other things he does to cats. I get the feeling he doesn't live in a populated area, because he would be arrested and jailed for animal cruelty. As far as the Patch goes, they are trying to respect free speech.
DoItRight November 19, 2012 at 02:44 PM
FACT: THERE IS ABSOLUTELY _NOTHING_ HUMANE ABOUT TNR. Nearly every last TNR'ed cat dies an inhumane death by road-kill, from cat and animal attacks, environmental poisons, starvation, dehydration, freezing to death, infections, parasites, etc. And if very very lucky humanely shot to death or re-trapped and drowned (the two most common methods employed on all farms and ranches to protect their gestating livestock's offspring and valuable native wildlife dying from cats' Toxoplasmosis parasites). This doesn't begin to count the thousands of defenseless native animals that cats skin alive and disembowel alive for their daily and hourly play-toys. (please pay attention to this all important part) The ONLY difference in destroying cats immediately and humanely instead of trapping, sterilizing, then releasing them to an inhumane death; is that money isn't going into an HSUS or SPCA board-member's pocket, veterinarian's pocket, cat-food company CEO's pocket, or a drug-company CEO's pocket. And that's the ONLY difference! How many more animals are you going to torture to death to line your pockets with cash?
DoItRight November 19, 2012 at 02:51 PM
The ONLY difference between rats and cats these days is that people who own and love pet-rats aren't severely mentally unbalanced and trying to hoard sterilized feral-rat populations on other people's public and private properties -- while also relentlessly petitioning all their lawmakers to do so. Pet-rat owners, and all other types of pet owners, at least have THEIR sh** together. If only the same were true of all these mentally-ill TNR cat-hoarders. (I still think it's their cats' Toxoplasma gondii parasites in the cat-lovers' brains that make them so unfalteringly blind to their own stupidity, hypocrisy, and absolute absurdity.) This psychotic and delusional "No-Kill" religion (conceived of, based on, and fueled by their own relentless fear of death) is the DIRECT CAUSE of the most heinous, widespread, and longest lasting animal abuse in the history of humanity. There's far worse things than death. Read it and weep if you think saving more animals' lives is going to give them a life worth living. (You animal-torturing MORONS!) http://notesfromadogwalker.com/2012/07/21/how-i-failed-as-a-rescuer-lessons-from-a-sanctuary/
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) November 19, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Thank you for all of the comments, but we feel all sides have been heard on this. I am closing the comments section.


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