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We want Community Cat Management in Seminole county

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I am a Seminole County resident / concerned citizen who supports Community Cat Management both locally and nationally.  My goal is to raise awareness and enjoin Seminole County residents to help encourage and promote all Seminole County cities to get on board with a Community Cat Management program in the name of saving tax-payer dollars and to promote humane treatment of animals in the community. 

Community Cat Management is the practice of spaying or neutering, vaccinating against rabies and feline distemper and deworming free-roaming, neighborhood or feral cats and returning them to their outdoor homes or back to their caretaker’s colony. Before return (while under anesthesia) the end tip of their ear is removed which identifies them as  sterilized and part of a protected colony. Whether people love or hate cats, this practice WORKS to REDUCE THE POPULATION of free-roaming cats humanely and at less cost to the taxpayer. Resources are already available in the county to affordably provide the necessary veterinary care.

Feral, or free roaming cats, when not 'fixed' can become nuisances especially when breeding. They mark their territory, fight and breed more cats. This is when business owners or individuals start getting upset. Currently it costs our Seminole County cities a lot more money to impound and euthanize these animals (more than the cost of trapping, neutering, and releasing them).

Taking cats away and euthanizing them however, is not the solution as this creates what is known as a 'vacuum effect' where other cats just move into the area, and the problem starts up again. Relocating also is not an option as the cats will roam miles to return back to their ‘home', often crossing busy roads which leads to accidents. When cats are trapped and neutered the breeding and nuisance behavior stops, the numbers stop growing and eventually the population declines. It is much more cost effective to trap, neuter, and release a cat, than it is to impound and euthanize it. We are asking that our government officials adopt a Community Cat Management plan for feral cats in Seminole County. Please join the hundreds of cities across the country who have implemented Community Cat Management programs that no longer waste tax payer money and creates a humane solution to animal control.

The bottom line is, animals do not need to die when, fortunately, we have a tried and tested humane option, a Community Cat Management program that works and saves money! 

 

Thank you. 

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