|Operation Amoruso --
a TNR Success Story
Way out in West Lincoln.
But Amoruso Way had a problem that many neighbors weren't aware of. For several years generations of unaltered cats had been living amongst the community, residing in barns and other outbuildings. They survived on rodents, stolen food from residents' pets and the handouts of a few kind people. But no one took responsibility for "owning" the cats and they freely bred until they were noticed as a neighborhood nuisance. Diane Hilbert, the unofficial "Mayor" of Amoruso Way and Neighborhood Watch Coordinator saw the problem and saw how it was getting worse when the 2007 kitten season arrived.
Diane contacted FieldHaven and volunteers immediately got to work on Operation Amoruso. Thanks to FieldHaven's SNAP (Spay Neuter Assistance Program), funded by PetSmart Charities, we were able to commit to financing the spaying and neutering of all of the cats and kittens. We could also provide equipment (traps, cages, etc) and transportation to the spay/neuter clinic. What we were short on was the people-power to trap, recover and care for the cats and we could not provide relocation for any of the adult feral cats. Residents didn't mind caring for the altered cats, especially because they provided terrific rodent control.
Diane communicates almost daily to FieldHaven volunteers, including SNAP coordinator, Maryanne Sehl, the status of the project.
Early on, Diane began trapping a number of kittens. Most were healthy but there were several that came from 2 very malnourished moms.
After establishing we weren't dealing with FeLV or panleukopenia, FieldHaven foster mom, Penny Dougherty, became the ICU "nurse"
to give these sick kids a chance. Penny does an outstanding job and has an excellent track record of tiny saved lives to show for her
round the clock dedication.
The quote "It Takes a Village" couldn't apply more with Operation Amoruso. The Amoruso "village", especially
Diane H and Diane C, FieldHaven staff and volunteers, Animal Spay/Neuter and PetSmart Charities (for providing the funding) have all
come together to bring the cat population problem under control.
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