This is the story of Blackie, our neighbourhood female cat. Like our other neighbourhood cats who come to feed at our ground floor house in Kilpauk, she has been visiting us for the past three years. Every year, she invariably brought one or two kittens with her, and I had the responsibility of getting them adopted. Last January, much to our surprise, she brought six unbelievably cute kittens to our compound, having decided apparently, that it would be their home for the next few months at least.

I knew I had to do something fast, or we would end up with a large number of cats. We started to find homes for most of Blackie’s kittens but were still worried about Blackie getting pregnant again in the near future. Fortunately, a local animal rescue group loaned us a humane trap with which we caught Blackie and took her for animal birth control. A donor paid for the surgery at a private veterinary facility.

Today, all her kittens have been adopted except for ‘Puttu’ who has made our compound his home. As for Blackie, she has become healthier without the burden of repeated pregnancies. The message I would like to share is: if anyone has a cat in the neighbourhood that they feed, get them spayed or neutered at the right time. Repeated litters take a toll on their health, and it is difficult to get kittens adopted.

However, if you are doing so, please ensure that you take the cat to a veterinarian who is recommended by other cat lovers. For advice on how to choose a safe place to spay your cat, email cattitudetrust@gmail.com

TAKE ME HOME Two chubby, vaccinated male pups are looking for loving homes. Call 9894848662 or 9500047536

TAKE ME HOME This puppy was rescued and is looking for a permanent home, as are his friends. Call 8939940630 or 9884788728

TAKE ME HOME This vaccinated puppy and his siblings are ready for adoption. Call 9600045913 or 28141618

TAKE ME HOME This three-month-old kitten is friendly and vaccinated. To adopt her, call 98842 70232

LOST This two-year-old male pug Vicky was stolen from his owner at Anna Nagar. If you have any information, contact the owner at 9600057133. Reward promised.

LOST This male Persian cat went missing from KK Nagar near Padmaseshadri Bala Bhavan Sr Sec School. If found, please contact the worried owner at 9962007156

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