(A W.A.G PRODUCTION)
BACK TO THE FUTURE: The WAG Clinic needs to move. We need the capacity to
do more dogs, an indoor reception area, and bigger everything. We have accomplished much in
our present location, but the time on our current lease is running out and we are all
dreaming of a brand new building built to our specifications. A more central location,
east Eugene or west Springfield, would make the clinic more accessible to
more people, and thus increase the chances of more spaying and neutering.
Right now, this is just a dream we have, but we are working at getting the
pieces in place, and the right players to move them. Spay/neuter is not
glamorous, or warm and fuzzy, but it is the most essential component of a
truly effective animal welfare program. As has been said about money, it
ain’t everything, but it’s way ahead of whatever is in second place.
HOORAY FOR THE CITY OF SPRINGFIELD! In December of 2013, WAG received a
grant from a major foundation to spay and neuter 1,000 cats in the zip codes 97477 and
97478. The emphasis was to be on free-roaming “community cats”, but up to half could
be owned. This enabled WAG to enlarge upon the already-successful CatSnip program,
Byron Maas, DVM
which was offering $10 spays and neuters for Springfield residents, plus add free services to ferals and strays. The City donated the use of a building for the post-surgery
Robert Olsen, PhD
recovery of those cats that lived outside. Interior painting and flooring plus a generous
sum of cash were donated
to enable us to get the space
cleaned up and ready for
cats by the end of January,
2014. The response from
the community was immediate.
were strays that people took in
as they realized it was affordable to “fix” them. Others,
who had watched their
own strays burgeon into colonies of up to 20 or more
were finally able to get the help
Dr. Bernard Robe
they needed to trap and
alter those that had turned feral
from the lack of human
attention. Anyone with kittens
socialize them until they
reached two lbs., as WAG
arranged for Oregon Humane
Society in Portland to accept them for adoption. 142
kittens were transported
north; each was adopted, on
average, in less than
Cat number 1,000
One of seven kittens out of a total of ten cats done together in October, 2014
Total cats S/N’d under Community Cats program: 1063 Feral/free-roaming: 628
Cats with homes: 435 Kittens adopted from OHS: 142 CatSnip program total: 366
Total cats impacted by WAG/Springfield programs, 2013-2014: 1571
MANY THANKS TO THE DONORS WHO DESIGNATED FUNDS TOWARD THESE PROJECTS
Mary Grosh - Dee Ward - Joseph and Sheryl Alves - Susan DeBoer - Bob and Maureen Olsen - Trudy Lyne
Phoebe Gordon - Dr. Doris Williams - Linda Sogge - Sylvia and David Calderwood - Geri Baxter - Juanez Ropp
Henry Bielefeld - Scott Brenneman - Kelley Blewster - Sylvia Hawley - Susan McDonald - Patricia Munden
Cindi Moon - Gail Riggs - Sharon Schieffer - Donald and Susan Amacher - Patricia Cooper - Susan Belhassen
Jennifer Elmenhurst - Ann Jensen - Deanna Hochstein - Janet Martindale - Carolynn McIntosh - Tia Mervin
Jean Miller - Linda Sleutal - Julie Tafoya - Karen Thorne - Kristen Schneider - Suzanne Shannon - Carol Titus
Rita Stadel - Donata Carlson - Susan Orr - McKenzie Cascade Dog Fanciers - Q Street Animal Hospital
AND TO THESE BUSINESSES THAT DONATED THEIR TIME AND MATERIALS
Gaviotas Painting LLC - Imperial Flooring - Springfield Lock and Safe - Curtis Restaurant Supply
SPECIAL THANKS to Oregon Humane Society’s Second Chance Program
WALTER AND SHERRY are good examples of Springfield residents who have used the WAG program to their
advantage, making a big difference in their lives and the
lives of their cats. When they called the Help Line, they
had eight unaltered outdoor cats and two litters of kittens.
The first litter was older and still a little wild, so when we
went to help Walter and Sherry with trapping the adults,
we took these kittens to fosters that would give them the
attention they needed to be socialized; so, when they
were taken to Oregon Humane Society, they were
adopted within the usual five days that has been the
average for our kittens. The adult cats were all trapped within three weeks and altered at WAG.
The second batch of kittens was fostered by Walter and Sherry themselves, and turned out so
sweet and healthy that after going up to OHS, they were adopted before we had time to track
them! (OHS gives each kitten a registration number so that its progress at the shelter can be monitored on
computer.) Sherry had such a good time with her own kittens, knowing they were destined for
good homes, that she has volunteered to foster future foundlings.
Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers who made this project successful:
Geri Baxter - Charlotte Behm - Jane Dods - Faye Forhan - Al January
Frannie Mays - Kelsey Mosher - Lynn Morra - Judy Parker - Kim
Roblyer - Willow Schneider - Bailey & Leslie Smith - Lisa Wahl
Sheila, David, & Dimitri Bong - J.J. Bridges - Bev McKay - Dune
Erickson - Shirley Nagy - Morgan Olsen - Sherry & Walter Renfro
SUSAN OLSEN had been feeding a female cat at her workplace parking lot for two years. During that time, the cat, which everyone appropriately called “Mama”, had given birth to four litters;
the kittens were all taken home by Susan and her co-workers. Finally the boss gave the word: The cat must
go. Susan was unable to touch the cat, so enlisted our help in trapping her. Susan’s mother offered to take in
Mama once she was spayed. During her five days’ recovery
time, the cat care volunteers noticed she was acting less
and less feral. By the time she was fully recovered, she
was easily handled. When Susan and her mother came to
pick up Mama, they put their cat carrier on the floor and
watched in amazement as we took the cat out of her cage and
flipped her on her back to show off her spay incision, only
about an inch long and with no stitches to be removed.
When we put her down on the floor, she walked right into the
carrier as if to say, “OK, that’s over, let’s go home.” Mama’s
days in the parking lot were done and Mama was
mama no more.
CRAIGSLIST KITTEN INDEX: SPRINGFIELD
WHAT IS THE CRAIGSLIST KITTEN INDEX?
Check out Eugene’s Craigslist pet section (eugene.craigslist.org/search/pet) almost any day and
you’ll find over 1,000 ads—during “kitten season”, May through November, there are even more.
Since 2009, our associate Lisa Wahl has been monitoring the Craigslist for many communities all
over the US, taking a weekly “reading” of the number of ads for kittens. Yearly comparisons of
CLKI data to animal shelter intake reports suggest that this chart is a pretty good measurement,
both to compare kitten overpopulation in one area from year to year and to compare different
communities. Eugene and Springfield’s average CLKI readings have been going down each year
since the WAG Clinic opened in 2008, and this year Eugene’s peak was the lowest of all 180
areas monitored. We can’t wait to see how this years’ cat spay/neuter activity will affect next
year’s readings for Springfield, which is ranked number nine so far in 2014.
SAY, DON’T YOU GUYS DO DOGS, TOO? We certainly do. We
have done dogs that weighed 147 lbs and dogs that weighed 2 lbs.
We “fix” rescue dogs as young as 2 months so that they can be
adopted out already altered. The oldest dog we have done was 15.
The little dogs are all dressed in sweaters and even booties to keep
their body temperature up during surgery and recovery. We have
done a 14-year-old with pyometra, an infection of the uterus. In
fact, WAG gets many cases of pyometra referred by other
veterinarians because our surgery is so affordable. Working
with Stop Pet Overpopulation Today (SPOT, 541-485-7768), an
organization that subsidizes dog S/N, WAG can make any dog surgery
more affordable. WAG has never lost a dog during surgery or
recovery at the clinic. Now we are working with the McKenzie Cascade
Debbie with Sheba in her WAG
Dog Fanciers— this organization is has offered to subsidize one spay
or neuter per month.
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