Animal lovers launch cat control program on island

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 02:56 PM.

Traps are the second component of the proposed program. The preferred brand is Tru Catch because they will not injure small kittens. The cost of a Tru Catch trap is between $50 and $60.

The third necessary component is a veterinary clinic where the cats can be neutered. The Allies are still weighing their options for veterinary care.

Depending on the option chosen for veterinary care, the group may also need a safe, climate-controlled space to house cats overnight after surgery.

Finally, the program needs money.

Bill Henderson, founder of Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary, Inc.; in Thomasville spoke to the group on Saturday. “The money is out there but you have to ask,” he said.

Henderson and wife Bettye successfully operate a cat sanctuary that houses around 150 felines at any given time. He said that in addition to slowing population growth, a TNR program enhances the quality of life for both cats and the people who live near them because the cats are healthier and less prone to fighting.

He called the trap-to-euthanize method of cat population control a “death machine” that kills four million cats annually in the US.

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