Diane Troxell, from Oxford, searches for feral cats behind buildings, inside barns and on porches before loading them into a van to be spayed or neutered to prevent cat overcrowding.
âI have always stood up for animals my whole life,â she said.
A lifelong animal lover, Troxell is the founder of All Animals Matter, which started in 2010. The organization raises funds to help pet owners neuter and neuter their pets. Most of their work is with cats, although they sometimes provide services to dogs. They also trap feral cats with the aim of having them neutered or neutered and then released; hold pet food banks a few times a year; and help provide emergency veterinary services.
While most of the organization’s work is done for cats in Chenango and Delaware counties, pet owners in Broome County and other surrounding counties are also welcome, she said. .
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), a female cat can give birth to an average of four to six kittens per litter and can have one to two or more litters per year. This is in addition to plenty of feral cats roaming the neighborhoods and the countryside, as well as animal shelters full of cats waiting for homes forever.
That’s why Troxell wanted to help prevent cat overpopulation, she said.
âI knew there was a need to neuter and sterilize the animals,â she said. âI wanted to have an impact on the overpopulation of cats and dogs. “
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Spaying and neutering cats can also be expensive. Spaying a cat can cost hundreds of dollars, she said.
This is where All Animals Matter can help. The organization is partnering with Animal Care Sanctuary, in East Smithfield, Pa., Which provides sterilization and sterilization at a reduced cost. Two to three clinics are organized each month. Shelter workers pick up the cats in Oxford, drive them to the Pennsylvania clinic for their surgeries, and bring them back the next day.
All Animals Matter received a grant to pay for a building at 65 N. Washington Ave. in Oxford, which serves as a pickup and drop-off location for cats, and a storage location for humane pet food, transport cages and traps, says Troxell.
Pet owners are urged to pay what they can afford for the sterilization service, she said. Most people pay the total price of $ 75 per cat and $ 55 per male cat, plus a $ 13 rabies vaccine.
âIt’s a great service they render,â Troxell said of Animal Care Sanctuary. “It’s a great price.”
Since feral cats have no owners and no one to pay for them, All Animals Matters pays for their surgeries, she said. Her daughter, Erin, who runs the Delaware Valley Humane Society in Sidney, helps find homes for the feral cats. Although they will probably never become a house cat, cats can find homes where they live outside but have someone to feed them regularly.
So far this year, more than 600 cats have been spayed or neutered, she said.
Troxell does most of the work herself with the help of a small group of volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome, she said.
âWe can always use help to trap cats,â she said.
Hometown: West Islip, Long Island.
Family: Husband, Bill; three grown children and six grandchildren.
Career: Retired school bus driver for Oxford Academy after 34 years of service. Former co-owner of Gallery 321 in Oxford with her husband, Bill, and a potter.
How to help: Mail your donations to All Animals Matter, PO Box 369, Oxford, NY 13830 or go online at allanimalsmatterinc.com
Bottles and cans can be dropped off at a Delaware Valley Humane Society hangar, 17420 County Highway 23 in Sidney.
This article originally appeared on Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin: All Animals Matter Helps Southern Tier Owners Spay and Spay Pets