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Grant will save cats lives in Sun City Center
Grant will save cats lives in Sun City Center

Sun City Center, Florida - You've probably seen them in your neighborhood, colonies of stray cats surviving on garbage, searching for shelter under cars and bushes, and running scared from anyone who approaches.

Some are emaciated, sick or hurt and their numbers keep increasing. These "community" cats, some who were born in the wild and some who have been abandoned and reverted to a wild state, fight a daily battle to survive and those that are captured and brought to animal control facilities are many times euthanized.

But in Hillsborough County, The Humane Society of Tampa Bay has saved countless lives through their Trap/Neuter and Return program.

Now, through a grant of $20,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center, the Trap/Neuter and Return program is coming to Sun City Center.

The grant will allow the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to provide free sterilization of 500 feral cats in zip codes 33598, 33573, 33572 and 33570.

The Trap/Neuter and Return program is the only proven method of humanely managing feral and stray cats while at the same time reducing their numbers.

In the program, cats are trapped, sterilized, vaccinated, and ear-tipped which is the international symbol for sterilization. Then they are returned to their colony where a caretaker provides them with food and water and monitors their health.

Because fixed cats no longer reproduce, the number of cats in the colony will gradually diminish through natural attrition.

To learn more about the program at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and for information about how to coordinate services for feral cats click here or call 813-625-0910.

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