Barn Cat Outreach, a 501C non-profit which originated as a mobile business based in the Springwater/Wayland area since 2010, will open services in a recently-purchased building in Cohocton.
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The outreach services was started to serve communities which had problems with presence of numerous feral cats, and instituted a TVNR (Trap, vaccinate, neuter, release) program, with volunteers often having to set traps to catch the wary feral cats, then vaccinate them against rabies and distemper, treat them for fleas, ticks, and tend to any wounds they might have, neuter them (putting a notch in the ear while they were under anesthesia to indicated their neutered status), and then either release or in some cases, put the kittens or cats up for adoption. The mission of the organization is to neuter the cats to humanely limit the population in specific areas, where often there are too many feral cats.
At present, the non-profit has raised money through donations to rehab the recently bought building in Cohocton, and put out a “wishlist” for a washer, dryer, and other supplies available from Amazon with which to equip the clinic. The renovations to the clinic were funded through donations, as is the work the clinic does. Dr. Kimberly Wilson and licensed technician Mary Nisbet manage the organization, and have taken in over 3500 cats since starting their outreach on a farm Wayland in 2010.
Barn Cat Outreach has helped communities with numerous colonies of feral cats. This means hundreds, almost a 1000 cats. They have a Facebook page at Barncat Outreach.