Towanda Borough commits money to spay and neuter feral cats

Kali, the namesake of the program to spay and neuter feral cats in Towanda Borough, is shown relaxing in her home after being on the streets of Towanda Borough for her first one and a half years of her life.

TOWANDA BOROUGH — The Towanda Borough Council committed $2,000 to Kali’s Mission, a spay and neuter program for feral cats in the Towanda Borough area, in their most recent meeting on June 3.

Kali’s Mission is run by Gary and Charlotte Parks of Towanda who started the program to improve their community. After hearing about a neighbor having trouble with some feral cats, the Parks reached out to the Towanda Borough Council and found out there was nobody taking the initiative to tackle the feral cat issue, so they did.

The program is named after a calico Maine Coon that lived on the streets of Towanda for the first year and half of her life. Since being captured, she has had a steady, warm home.

Kali’s Mission will aim to trap the feral cats in the borough and have them spayed or neutered, then released back where they were found. Home will be attempted to be found for the cats that are considered friendly enough. The program is working with the Animal Care Sanctuary, Towanda Creek Animal Hospital, You Too Animal Rescue, the Bradford County Humane Society and more to ensure the safety and humane treatment of the animals.

The program, which is entirely volunteer run, uses any donation for the cost of the spaying and neutering, food, cages and other necessary supplies. The group has secured discounted rates for the operations from local veterinary practitioners.

“It is becoming more and more obvious that there is a need for a spay and neuter program in Towanda Borough,” the program’s mission statement reads. “By having a spay/neuter program, we can reduce the number of unwanted, uncared for cats and lower the transmission of diseases such as feline leukemia and rabies.”

The group plans to start the trappings on June 19 on the 600 block of Third Street.

The Parks say that if successful, the program could take 5-10 years to really show that it is working. The couple plans on keeping the program running for as long as there is a feral cat issue and as long as funding is secured via donations.

Donations have been received from some businesses and individuals like Tractor Supply who donated dry food, but more are needed according to the Parks. The group asks that anyone willing to donate or volunteer reach out the program at gparks22@comcast.net. All checks should be made out to Kali’s Mission.

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