It is the current policy at UF to trap any free-roaming cats and take them to Alachua County Animal Services, an open-admission shelter that kills cats for space.
Tell UF to work with faculty, staff, students, and local animal welfare organizations to reduce some of the cat population through adoption, sterilizing and releasing unadoptable cats utilizing the free services of Operation Catnip, and empower cat lovers on campus to responsibly feed and monitor the population to prevent it from growing.
Trap and kill is not working and is inhumane. Outdoor cats exist because of people and it is our obligation to manage them humanely. Community cat management couldn't be easier with the availability of Operation Catnip's free spay/neuter services locally. Each year, over 3,000 outdoor cats in Alachua County are sterilized and vaccinated utilizing volunteers (many of which are UF students, grads, and employees). We know that the Gator Nation is compassionate and community minded and that Trap-Neuter-Return is a humane approach that gators can support and feel good about.
University of Central Florida, Texas A&M University, North Carolina State University, and Stanford University all have successfully implemented Trap-Neuter-Return programs on campus. With its own veterinary school on campus, UF can do better!
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