To prevent pets having unwanted kittens
A free cat neutering (family planning) programme got under way at the World Veterinary Services (WVS) training centre in Aruvankadu near here on Thursday.
Stating that it would go on till June 7, the Director of the Centre, Ilona Otter, told The Hindu that cat owners who want to prevent their pets from having unwanted kittens can contact the centre.
Operations would be performed free of cost and the cats can be taken home the same day.
Surgery dates can be booked by calling 95243-63933.
The Cat Health and Welfare Programme was being conducted in memory of Madame Jeanne Marchig of the United Kingdom who passed away on May 2.
Ms. Marchig had founded the Marchig Animal Welfare Trust in 1986 in memory of her husband. Through the Trust, she has supported many animal welfare projects and organisations throughout the world, including veterinary care and treatment of animals, re-homing programmes for companion animals, care, protection and rehabilitation of wildlife and the campaign against the inhumane treatment of animals.
In 2010, the University of Edinburgh had awarded Ms. Marchig the Honorary Degree of Doctor honoris causa , “in recognition of her outstanding global contribution to animal welfare and animal welfare education”.
In The Nilgiris, the Trust had supported the India Project for Animals and Nature (IPAN) as well as WVS centre.