Cincinnati Animal CARE Pauses Free Shelter-Neuter-Release Services Due to Funding

After spending thousands dealing with a canine virus, CAC is looking for more funding that will allow them to return to free SNR services.

Jun 30, 2023 at 10:47 am
click to enlarge Cincinnati Animal CARE is pausing its free shelter-neuter-release services for cats due to a lack of funding. - Photo: Ihsan Adityawarman, Pexels
Cincinnati Animal CARE is pausing its free shelter-neuter-release services for cats due to a lack of funding.
Just weeks after Cincinnati Animal CARE (CAC) returned to normal following an outbreak of Canine Distemper Virus (CDV), the Hamilton County shelter is pausing free shelter-neuter-return (SNR) services due to funding.

In an announcement posted to the shelter's Instagram page on June 29, CAC said, "Unfortunately, the funding required to provide these services to the shelter is no longer available."

SNR, also known as TNR (trap-neuter-release), refers to the practice of neutering or spaying unhoused cats living in the community in order to manage the stray cat population. It's a key service provided by many county-funded animal shelters, but CAC said there are still options for those looking to help community cats.
"Community cat caregivers seeking TNR services are encouraged to visit the websites of Ohio Alleycat Resource and UCAN (United Coalition For Animals) and follow their FB pages for updates on pricing and availability," the shelter writes.

CAC said community cats that have been abandoned or are in need of medical attention are still accepted at their Northside shelter. In the meantime, they are looking for more funding opportunities that will allow them to return to free SNR services.

"We are seeking more funding for these services, but until then, we appreciate your understanding and patience," the shelter said.

The shelter started battling an outbreak of CDV among its dog population in April, forcing the shelter to spend thousands on testing to control the outbreak. By June, CAC had eradicated the virus and was able to return to normal operations, though ten dogs still remain in quarantine for the virus, according to a June 29 news release.

Discounted adoption fees will remain in effect through July 3 with CAC's “We’re Feelin $22” promotion in honor of the upcoming Taylor Swift concerts.

Adopters who tell the shelter their favorite Taylor song at the time of adoption will get a $22 adoption fee for any animal over six months of age.


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