33 down, lots more to go in latest TNR

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Otter Creek's second feral cat roundup a success

By Jenna McKenna

Thirty two cats went home to their colonies in Otter Creek, Chiefland, Bronson and Cedar Key this weekend, freshly shaved, shorn, vaccinated, medicated and relieved of their reproductive organs.

This was Otter Creek’s second cat roundup, and the city hopes to continue the effort every month. Veterinarians and volunteers from Jacksonville’s River City Community Animal Hospital (RCCAH) and Williston’s Sheltering Hands say the trapping, neutering and returning of these feral cats to their home colonies will result in healthier cat colonies and a safer environment for people and pets.

Sheltering Hands is only the most recent organization in Levy County to pick up the baton in the race to try to limit the county’s cat population explosion. The Humane Society of Levy County conducted the low-cost spay-neuter program all last year with the help of a grant, which has since expired, and the organization will not be eligible for another grant until next year. Sheltering Hands is funded by private donations, and hopes to keep the trap-neuter-return effort seamlessly moving forward.

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