Okinawa has a stray cat problem. As per government records , more than a 1000 stray cats were captured and killed in 2017 by the local animal control center. This number is just a small fraction of all the stray cats who fail to survive in urban areas due to lack of resources. Having witnessed the fate of stray cats, the SOCKs (Save Okinawa Cats and Kittens) club was established in January 2016 by a group of animal lovers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) to help control the over abundant population of stray cats by conducting trap-neuter-release (TNR) campaigns in Okinawa.
TNR is an effective and humane alternative to mass killing of stray animals to keep their population in check . Cats who are fixed in a TNR campaign have their ear clipped and are fondly known as "Sakura-neko" in Japan. Over the past three years, SOCKs volunteers, with the assistance of local veterinarians, have helped spay/neuter 220 cats. The cats are also provided with vaccinations which gives them a better chance of disease-free survival on the streets.
SOCKs is an entirely volunteer run organization and we do not receive any external funding. All our expenses to date have been covered by donations and an Okigin grant which we received in 2016. Our expenses include equipment cost for traps and cages, cost for vaccinations and veterinary costs required in special cases when a trapped cat turns out to be sick/injured. We are seeking donations to help us continue and expand our TNR activities. Donations will be used to replace some of our old and rusted traps/cages and also to cover the cost of vaccinations and medical care of cats in future TNR campaigns.
Stray cats are an integral part of Okinawa and we firmly believe that with a shared effort across the island we will be able to achieve a zero-killing rate of stray cats in the near future. Please donate to our cause if you would like to help us in our efforts.
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