The Feral Cat Spay Neuter Project (FCSNP) in Lynnwood, Wash. is approaching a phenomenal event. This June they are passing a benchmark of spaying or neutering 75,000 cats! Here is a brief interview with Executive Director, Lauren Glickman.
Q: An exciting milestone for the Feral Cat Spay Neuter Project (FCSNP) is coming up as you approach fixing the 75,000th cat. Did this milestone come sooner than you expected?
A: The milestone seems right on time. We’ve been altering between 7500 and 9500 cats per year for the past 5 years now, so we’ve been able to predict with some accuracy when these milestones will occur.
Q: How many years has FCSNP been in operation? Has your rate of cat surgeries increased over the years to reach this milestone? Is there a maximum capacity for the Lynnwood clinic?
A: In operation, since 1997 and rate statistics are shown below. Capacity is 50 cats/day.
Q: How far do people drive to bring cats to the clinic? What is the overall region you serve?
A: People have come all the way from Forks, WA and also from Gray’s Harbor, Tri Cities, Yakima and Lewis County. Most of our cats are from Pierce, Snohomish, King, and Grays Harbor counties.
Q: I understand you are implementing a campaign in Everett to let people know about your services. Who are you hoping to reach with this campaign?
A: We are hoping to reach out to people who live in areas where there are free-roaming cats as well as low-income folks who want to do the right thing but can’t always afford it.
Q: How do you plan to celebrate this milestone? Do you have any other milestones on the horizon?
A: On August 18th we are going to host an Open House at the Clinic in Lynnwood. We will have drinks and snacks and will chat and enjoy each other’s company. We have a big Sexless Soiree Auction with a Twist coming up on September 15th. That’s our big fundraiser for the year and it’s super playful and fun!
Q: How can people help out at FCSNP?
A: People can help FCSNP in many ways. Monthly donations are probably one of the best ways… a small recurring monthly donation makes a huge difference in what we’re able to accomplish. Donations of towels, auction items, carriers, bleach, garbage bags and Costco gift cards are always welcome. People can volunteer in a variety of ways. Our website www.feralcatproject.org describes the many volunteer positions available.