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ARF Neuters 98 Cats for National Feral Cat Day

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Inc. (ARF) neutered 98 feral cats from the community on Friday, October 14, in honor of National Feral Cat Day, which took place on Sunday, October 16. The event was part of ARF’s Operation Cat Program which provides free spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations for feral cats in the area.

Volunteers from Brookhaven Town and beyond trapped cats at various locations and brought them to the ARF Mobile Spay/Neuter Van which was stationed at the Brookhaven Animal Shelter and the ARF Adoption Center in Wainscott. A total of 58 females and 40 males were spayed/neutered by Dr. Frank Zeoli on the van in Brookhaven, and by Dr. Christine Asaro at the Adoption Center, with support from the ARF medical team.

Feral cat in trap
Feral cat in trap, Photo: Courtesy ARF

The mass trapping was part of ARF’s Operation Cat program, one of the leading Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) programs in New York. It recently was expanded west into Brookhaven.

“We are grateful for all the wonderful volunteers who spearheaded this effort by trapping and transporting these community cats, especially this time of year, preventing the cats from having their fall litters,” ARF’s Operation Cat Coordinator Rita Del Rey says.

The program is now booking dates for free spay/neuter surgeries in November. Appointments must be made in advance. For more information on a surgical appointment or to volunteer for the program contact Del Rey at 631-537-0400 x210 or email her at rita@arfhamptons.org.

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