Michelle Bruce said whether you love cats or hate them, the only way to stop stray, feral and outdoor cats from overpopulation due to uncontrolled breeding is to get the felines fixed.
But that can be an expensive venture for those who care for animals that roam their barns and neighborhoods.
Until the FIX 'UR CAT initiative.
Bruce is one of many volunteers to bring the low-cost spay and neuter program to Washington County, where local neighborhoods were experiencing droves of cats that were taking up residence on front porches and lounging on lawn furniture.
Intead of paying the vet rate, those who participate in the FIX 'UR CAT initiative can have their feline spayed or neutered for $35 in the new year.
And last year? Almost 400 cats were fixed thanks to the program.
Now that volunteers are preparing for a second year or the program, they are also trying to raise money to help defray the cost for people who have multiple cats or financial difficulty.
How can you help? It's as easy as attending a spaghetti dinner today.
FIX 'UR CAT will hold a spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today—Friday at the Western Area Career Technology Center located at 688 Western Ave., Canonsburg, PA 15317.
Students from the school's culinary arts department—as well as program volunteers—will prepare and serve the dinner, which costs $10.
That price includes a spaghetti dinner with marinara or meat sauce, salad, a dinner roll and lemonade or water. Organizers noted that soft drinks and coffee would be available at an additional cost.
A Chinese auction will also be held.
Need more information or want to order a ticket? Call Bruce at 724-503-8523 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on the program can also be found here.