Two unaltered cats and their offspring reproducing unchecked for six years will result in 66,088 kittens being born.

Seven years and the total swells to 370,392.

And at year eight, the progeny of the original two cats will number 2,072,514.

Those are startling figures from the North Shore Animal League.

And it is numbers like that which prompted the community of Wayne to break that reproductive cycle on Sunday.

Townspeople came together to get a handle on controlling cat numbers with a free spay and neuter clinic.

Local veterinarian Dr. Wendy Howard performed the surgeries on 69 cats, many of which were feral animals that were released after recovering from the procedure.

Tammey Little, a rural mail carrier and founder of Goin to the Dogs rescue, proclaimed the day a success.

“It worked really well,” she said.

Large cages were set up across town a week before the event and volunteers baited them daily with food to get feral cats used to going in.

On Sunday, the cage doors were closed behind them.

SpayFirst! founder Ruth Steinberger of Bristow sent a mobile veterinary surgical van which Howard used.

Staff members from SpayFirst! and the Oklahoma Spay Network in Tulsa assisted in surgery. 

Steinberger also furnished all of the medication.

In addition to undergoing the spay/neuter surgeries, all cats were wormed and given a rabies shot.

An ear was tipped on each of the feral cats, so they can be instantly identifiable as spayed or neutered.

As the surgeries were completed, the unconscious cats were taken by 4-H volunteers from Blanchard, Newcastle and Wayne to the town’s community building which was transformed into a large recovery ward.

Two women from Oklahoma City also worked as volunteers in the makeshift recovery ward.

There the cats were placed on heated blankets. Volunteers turned their charges every five minutes until the cats were awake enough to be placed in cages.

“We had the entire community building full of cages of cats,” Little said.

The clinic began at 7 a.m. and lasted until 6 p.m.

“We kept trapping cats till the end,” Little said.

Town residents were given the opportunity to have their pet felines spayed or neutered at no cost.

The 27 feral cats were relocated to hay barns where farmers reported large rodent populations.

The farmers received donated cat food for the mousers until they become acclimated to their new jobs and homes.

Little also said the clinic received $700 in donations from the community, which was given to Howard.

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