Last year, Volusia County Animal Control in central Florida picked up 2,360 feral cats, nearly all of whom were euthanized due to the impracticality of feral cat adoption. According to a recent news article, Volusia County Animal Control Director Sergio Pacheco wants to reduce shelter crowding and euthanasia rates by implementing Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR).
Volusia County Animal Control is partnering with the nonprofit organization, Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare (CCAW), to capture feral cats. The cats will then be taken to CCAW’s mobile clinic for spay/neuter procedures and vaccinations. Afterward, the cats will be returned to the outdoors and monitored by a volunteer caregiver. As an added benefit, the county animal shelter will save precious space for other animals and be spared the financial expense of feral cat euthanasia – which cost the county over $200,000 last year. The Animal Control office in nearby Lake County is also interested in the TNR option, but would first have to revise a local ordinance to clarify that TNR does not constitute unlawful release of a cat. Other nearby counties are not pursuing the option at this time due to doubts about whether the community would support TNR.
Take Action: Contact your local animal control to express your support of TNR to reduce feral cat populations.