An organization based in Canonsburg, a borough in Pittsburgh, has gained notoriety for significantly decreasing the stray cat population in the Pittsburgh area. It’s called Fix ‘Ur Cat, and the organization was founded by Michelle Bruce and Pat Sphar.
What prompted them to found the organization is when Bruce was talking to a friend and heard that her friend was going to have to pay as much as $500 to get her cat spayed. Shocked at the high price, Bruce and Sphar marveled at the expense, and then it kind of clicked as to why more people weren’t getting their cats spayed.
Most cats are obtained for relatively low costs at humane societies or gotten for free off the street, so it’s no wonder that many people view it as costly to pay hundreds of dollars to spay or neuter a free or less than $100 cat.
That’s where Bruce and Sphar came in. They decided to partner up with the Animal Friends of Pittsburgh to offer low-cost spay and neuter services for cats. They only charge a low fee of $45 to spay and neuter cats, which is far cry from $200-$500.
The goal of the Fix ‘Ur Cat organization is to decrease the stray cat population by spaying and neutering stray cats so that the amount of kittens being born is less. A typical litter of kittens contains within four to six kittens, and if all of them live, then you can easily see where the stray cat population could get out of control in no time if all the kittens were allowed to reproduce.
Originally, the Fix ‘Ur Cat organization arranged to meet pet owners in parking lots and other public spaces where they’d collect cat owners’ cats, transport them to be spayed/neutered and then drop them back off to their owners at the end of the day. Now, though, the organization has expanded enough to construct its own building, and they’ve even got a cat committee where volunteers help catch stray cats, get them spayed/neutered and then find them homes or re-release them back into their colonies where they can safely live without procreating and contributing to the overflow of stray animals.
Fix ‘Ur Cat is a totally nonprofit organization that has fundraisers throughout the year to help fund its programs. The support of volunteers and caring community members all lent itself to its success and the major decrease in the stray cat population in Canonsburg.