Lake County residents are encouraged to participate in Lake County Animal Shelter’s on-going program to help decrease the feral cat population countywide. Through Operation Community Caturday, the shelter has already sterilized 500 free-roaming cats since the program began last year.
Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return, or TNVR, improves the lives of cats, addresses community concerns, reduces complaints about cats, and stops the breeding cycle, according to Alley Cat Allies, a leading cat advocacy group. The shelter sterilizes and vaccinates up to 50 community cats on the last Saturday of each month and invites residents who are feeding outdoor cats to register online for a TNVR appointment. Appointments are now open for May 25 at bit.ly/CaturdayTix.
The cost of surgery is $10 per cat, paid directly to the shelter. Appointments are limited to three cats per resident per month, and each cat must arrive at the shelter on Friday between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., or Saturday between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. All cats must be in a humane trap, be healthy, and be a minimum of four pounds. Trapping and returning the cats is the responsibility of the caregiver and not a service provided by the shelter.
Residents are required to pick up the cats after surgery on Saturday afternoon and return them to the location where the cat was trapped. Operation Community Caturday is limited to unowned, free-roaming cats, and all cats will be ear-tipped, which easily identifies them as neutered.
“TNVR is the only humane and proactive approach to reducing the outdoor cat population,” said Shelter Director Whitney Boylston.
Lake County Animal Shelter is located at 28123 County Road 561 in Tavares. Sign up for the free Mount Dora Buzz' monthly updates here.For more news and events in Mount Dora, Tavares & Eustis, visit the area's websiteand download the area's free mobile app.