HOW WE CAN HELP
If you live in Haywood County NC and feed outdoor cats, call the LUYE Helpline at 828-550-3662.
Provide your name, address, and the number of outdoor cats that you are feeding. LUYE’s team will assist as best we can in the order that requests are received.
As part of our trap-neuter-return (TNR) program, Lend Us Your Ear (LUYE) provides rabies and distemper vaccinations, worming and parasite control, and a cropped or tipped left ear at spay/neuter surgery.
Weekly appointments are limited to 10 cats (and we have a waiting list). We transport every Tuesday morning with returns on Wednesday. Our clinic partner is the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance (ASNA) in Asheville NC.
Need shelter assistance? Call Haywood County Animal Services at 828-456-5338.
HOW YOU CAN HELP – VOLUNTEER!
If you live in Haywood County NC and enjoy spending time with outdoor cats, then consider becoming a LUYE volunteer!
HIGH ALERT: A new cattery solution is needed to continue TNR service in Haywood County NC. Check out our July 2022 page for details.
In addition to setting traps, LUYE volunteers deliver cat food, pick up/return friendly outdoor cats in their carriers, help transport cats in traps (or sometimes carriers) to a local vet for urgent care or follow-up, take flyers door-to-door when scheduling a mass trapping session — and more!
LUYE’s community cat surgery/shots package is the service most frequently requested by our neighbors. Second comes parasite control. Third is cat food to feed new litters and large colonies. You can help.
Call Susan at 828-550-3662 to chat about your interest in joining The Eartip Team!
ABOUT TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN (TNR)
Our volunteers have TNR’d cats in each of the following settings. We join the efforts of good neighbors who care for (and about) the cats in their community.
- Juvenile spay/neuter or sterilization at four months of age prevents first heat – and first litters.
- Shelter cat intakes would plummet if most of Haywood County’s kittens were sterilized by four months.
- Haywood County is home to dozens of large community cat colonies. There is no requirement to spay/neuter animals.
- A colony size multiplies without timely spay/neuter, outstripping nature’s food bowl.
- Friendly kittens left behind when feeders move will join other cats and have their first litters at 6 months old.
- Though prohibited by law, cats – especially pregnant females – are abandoned roadside or at the end of its stretch, where they will re-home near reliable food and water and begin a new colony.
- Free-roaming cats congregate where the hunting is good and the living is easier.
- Residents always will find cats when they live in low-lying areas near fresh water and on higher ground with conditions that attract a cat’s favorite prey.
We welcome calls when un-tipped cats are seen roaming or eating in your neighborhood. The cats depend on your call for spay/neuter, the first step in wellness.
We value our relationships with cat lovers who absorb the bulk of costs for their eartipped colony but who need help with wormer, flea control and occasional nutrition support. You can help.
YOUR SUPPORT helps CATS IN NEED
“Not my cat” is the phrase most frequently uttered by colony feeders. LUYE understands. Community cats hunt prey and stop at food bowls in their territory. Cats choose you, not the other way around.
Our community cat package is free and includes the left ear tipped. Your support makes a healthy difference for community cats and the hands that feed them. All donations are appreciated and put to good use. Thank you!
Help a cat with a mouse and donate online or mail your support to LUYE, P.O. Box 366, Clyde NC 28721