Upon hearing the name “Mildcats,” you might think this club is all about making fun of the UofA kitties to the south. In actuality, it sort of is, but it’s also much more literal than that. The Mildcats ASU club focuses on cats, and only cats, and has been doing so for more than10 years. Krystal Yeager, president of Mildcats ASU, gave College Times the scoop, (but luckily not a scoop of litter). Me-wow!
College Times: How did the club get its name “Mildcats ASU?”
Yeager: I asked some of the older staff, and they said it was a pun, kind of on ASU’s rival the Wildcats. They were going to call it “Wildcats,” but since it is copyrighted, they couldn’t. They just thought, “Oh Mildcats! That’s good!” And it just kind of stuck.
How many homeless cats do you save in a year?
We don’t save them…I mean, most of the cats we find are feral cats. They really can’t be adopted. Last semester we rescued about 30 kittens. They found homes because they were still young enough to be socialized to humans. The older cats we find, we just have to leave them. TNR stands for trap, neuter and return. That is what we basically do. We trap the cats, we get them fixed at the vet, and then we return them back to where we found them. There’s been known to be this thing called the vacuum affect. If you completely rid an area of cats because they are so territorial, other cats are going to claim that territory. That’s why it has been deemed the best solution, just to let them live; let them live out their lives as peacefully as they can. The amount of cats that are living around us is a human problem. We have created this problem for ourselves and we need to fix it in the most humane way possible.
How does your club catch the cats?
We have true cat humane traps. They have an open swinging door on one end and you put food in there. Since we feed them, they are used to being fed and having feeders come. We stop feeding them for like a day or so, so that they are hungry. Then we put the food in the trap and then they go in. We take them to the vet and they get their procedures done. We give them their first round of shots, rabies and distemper, that kind of stuff. Once they are off the anesthesia and ready to go out, we release them back to where we found them.
What should people do if they want to get involved with this club?
You can contact me [firstname.lastname@example.org]. We have different roles for club members. If you are more interested in the cats on campus, you can help us with that kind of thing. If you are more interested in volunteering at a shelter, we also have connections with shelters. We can help you get connected if that is what you want to do.