In the past year, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando has performed spay/neuter surgery on more than 1,500 cats and kittens through our Community Cat Initiative.
This program began as a way to reduce the number of homeless kittens being born to feral cats in Orange County. Did you know that it is estimated that there are nearly 87,000 feral (or community) cats in Central Florida? Many of the kittens end up at Pet Alliance and require a lot of time, space and resources to care for them until they can be adopted.
With funding from PetSmart Charities and Petco Foundation, Pet Alliance has been able to dedicate every Friday at our Alafaya veterinary clinic to performing surgeries on community cats. Cathy Houde, the community cat program manager, spends each week canvassing neighborhoods to educate community members, setting traps and transporting the cats to and from their surgery. Community members have been grateful to see Pet Alliance addressing this issue in their neighborhoods. As this program continues to expand, Pet Alliance expects to see the number of kittens turned in at our shelters decrease.
Learn more about our Community Cat Initiative from Cathy Houde below:
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