Spent a week filming in L.A., which I’d consider “Ground Zero” in the cat-bird wars. Many memorable images spring to mind but can’t get Fix Nation out of my head. Fix Nation is L.A.’s only free spay and neuter clinic for stray, homeless and feral cats. The sun was barely up when we arrived – and already there was a line up of bleary-eyed women waiting for the doors to open. They’d been up all night trapping feral cats. And when the doors opened, what a sight it was to behold! Fix Nation operates as a veritable cat-fixing-factory. The dedicated staff process about 70 cats a day with stunning humanity and efficiency.
Upon first glance this assembly line of anesthetized cats strikes one as oddly humorous. But closer examination tells you there’s nothing funny here. Most of these cats are covered in war wounds. Scars, open sores, weeping eyes, bad cases of mange abound. Life is short and hard for a feral cat. Ask anyone who works in animal welfare in the L.A. area, the very best thing to be done for feral cats is reduce their numbers.
Since inception Fix Nation has spayed and neutered 41,160 cats! Annual budget: $1 million. Cost to the state of California to care for and ultimately euthanize 1 million abandoned animals: $250 million.