STHS Efforts To Control Cat Population

Covington, La - On Friday, February 2nd, St. Tammany Humane Society fixed 143 community cats as part of their initiative to decrease the number of homeless animals in our community. Feline Fix Dat Days are held by the no-kill rescue bi-annually, once in the winter and once in the fall. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, participants pay a discounted price of just $15 per cat. "A major part of our mission is to give individuals in the community the tools they need to help combat the pet overpopulation problem," said Scott Bernier, St. Tammany Humane Society CEO. "As a nonprofit animal rescue with limited resources, we need compassionate members in our community to help us achieve the goal of saving as many lives as possible," Bernier added. St. Tammany Humane Society holds the Spay Days twice a year, each day filling up almost immediately. There is such a demand for affordable spay/neuter options for feral and community cats in our area. Medical Director of STHS, Dr. Estelle Felarise explains the importance of these days: "Without this program, many of these animals would be left unfixed. Not only would they continue to reproduce, they would be more likely to mark their territory, fight with other unfixed cats, and as a result be more susceptible to contracting illnesses that are spread via bite wounds and mating. Overall, having your community cats spayed and neutered has many positive effects on the animals themselves and the happiness of the people they live near." This March, STHS is also launching Operation CatSnip, a new program geared toward additional options for feral and community cats. The cost to fix each cat through their community veterinary clinic will only be $25. Operation CatSnip appointments will be available on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. There are only 40 spots available each day so make sure to reserve today! For more information on this program and its requirements, please visit or email To RSVP or to ask any questions at all, please email the Volunteer Coordinator at! The monthly volunteer meetings are held for current and prospective volunteers, meaning that they are open to the public! Current volunteers are encouraged to invite any of your friends who are interested in volunteering with our organization to benefit our homeless animals. We will announce the Volunteer of the Month, give updates on what's new at our rescue, and give you all the opportunity to ask questions or make comments and suggestions about the organization. Lunch donated by BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse.