Community Cats Network, in partnership with Midleton Veterinary Hospital, have organised a neutering week. From the 12th to the 16th of November 2018 you can avail of a special rate for the neutering of your cat: €15 for a male and €25 for a female. The offer is limited to two cats per client/household.
The idea behind the scheme is to encourage pet owners to neuter their cat or strays they may be feeding. Cats can become pregnant as young as four months old and up to three times a year. The problem of cat overpopulation is partly caused by unneutered pet cats and, sadly, there are not enough homes for all the kittens being born. Not only neutering is an effective way to control the feline population, but it also significantly improves the health of the cats and helps to reduce the spread of diseases and lethal viruses such as FIV and FeLV.
All cats neutered through this scheme will be eartipped (the tip of the left ear will be slightly cut off while under anaesthetic). This is a standard practice used with feral cats to identify the neutering status of cats without having to bring them to the vet to undergo a 2nd unnecessary surgery (in 2017 only, 18 cats were brought to the vet by our organisation only to find out that they were already neutered). However, owners can decide to have their pet cat microchipped instead, but this cost will be at their own charge.
If you have a larger number of cats or cannot handle the cats, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you. You can read more information about our Trap-Neuter-Return programme here.
Availability for the Neutering Week is limited and booking is necessary. Call Midleton Veterinary Hospital on 021 4623672 to reserve. All cats should be brought in a secure pet carrier.
We are delighted to announce that Maxi Zoo Midleton have chosen Community Cats Network for the Give Paw campaign 2017. During the month of November, you can pop in store and buy a friendship wristband to show your support to animal welfare. For each wristband bought in the Midleton store, Community Cats Network will receive €1.50.
We will be at the Midleton store every Saturday in November from 11am to 5pm. You can call in to meet our volunteers and discuss the work we do, as well as give rubs to Prospero and Jasmin (formerly known as Madame Irma), cats who were rescued by CCN.
Prospero promoting the Give Paw Campaign!
The second round of street collections has begun!
We kicked off yesterday in Fermoy and are so grateful to all the volunteers who donated a bit of their time to help raising funds for the local community to neuter stray and feral cats. The support was amazing and we are glad to announce that €591 were raised. Thank you to all who supported!
On the 29th of September, we will be collecting in Castlemartyr and would be grateful for any help you can give.
On the 20th of October, we will be in Carrigtohill (9am to 6pm). Please get in touch if you can help out!
Last but not least, we will be in Midleton on the 27th of October and really need helpers for it to be a success!
Thank you to all who offer their time to help out as the success of these collections depends on you!
We are delighted to announce that Maxi Zoo Midleton have chosen Community Cats Network, along with Pauline’s Rescue, for the Give Paw campaign. During the month of October, you can pop in store and buy a paw to stick on a ball. You can write a message or the name of your own pet. For each paw, Maxi Zoo will donate a euro to their chosen charity.
We will be at the Midleton store on the 1st, 8th, 15th and 29th of October to raise awareness about the work we do. You can call in to meet our volunteers, as well as Prospero and Jasmin (formerly known as Madame Irma), two cats that were rescued by CCN.
We were recently asked to post an ad about a friendly cat that had been hanging around an estate in Midleton to see whether he was a local making himself comfortable at other people’s houses or a lost cat needing to be reunited with his owner. Nobody came forward, so we decided to investigate a bit further and called down to the estate where two families had been feeding the cat. They told us that they were convinced that it was the same cat who had already been around about a year previously, but that they would like to make sure that he was indeed been looked after. The first step was to scan the cat. It is so rare to find a microchipped cat that when you hear a beep, you get really excited! The number was duly written down and we went to check some databases. The microchip was registered with a UK database and the details had been last updated in 2011. The lines were not open at that hour, so we would have to wait until the following day to find out more…
The following morning, I rang the UK company and was told that the cat was indeed registered at a UK address and with a UK number. I was beginning to be disappointed as it probably meant that the owners had never updated their details when bringing their cat to Ireland. I was told by the database company that they would try to make contact and keep me updated. Half an hour later, my phone was ringing from a UK number… It wasn’t the database company though, but the owner of Tommy!
She explained that she had come to live in Ireland and in May 2015, a year ago, had moved back to the UK, but Tommy had escaped on Dublin port. We can only guess that Tommy jumped on a lorry and got transported that way to Midleton. The strangest thing of all was that the lady, who had not set foot in Ireland since, was spending a few days near Dublin and was flying back home that evening. The excitement and joy was so overwhelming, the owner said it was as if she had won the lottery, and we started to think of how to reunite her with her cat. She decided to rent a car and to drive down to pick him up. I went over to the estate to collect him, as the last thing we needed was for Tommy to go on a wander, and kept him safe for a few hours until he could be at long last reunited with his owner! Tommy was not able to go home that night as he needed his papers to be sorted, but a friend of the lady minded him until his pet passport would get sorted and he could travel back home.
We don’t often experience these happy-ending stories and I was over the moon to have been able to reunite a cat with his owner. Once more, this shows that microchipping your cat is really worthwhile and that we should never ever assume that a cat has just been dumped and we must thank the two families in Midleton for minding him and making contact.
We are looking for volunteers to help out at the following street collections. Please, consider donating an hour or two of your time to help us to raise some much needed funds for the local stray and feral cats!
Please email email@example.com or text 086 1583501 if you can help. Thanks!
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This black and white male kitten was found near the Ballycotton school, but could have been travelling.
He is about 6 months old, unneutered, not microchipped and is very friendly.
Contact 086 1583501
Please, help find his owners by printing the poster and putting it in your local shop or at the back of your car: 12 09 25 Ballycotton
This black and white male kitten was found in Ballycotton; however he probably travelled in the engine of a car coming from Midleton as he was oily, his ears were burnt down and he had a few wounds.
He is about 9 weeks old, unneutered, not microchipped and is very friendly.
Please, help find his owners by printing the poster and putting it in your local shop or at the back of your car: 12 07 10 Ballycotton