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County approves spay, neuter trial program for ‘community cats’

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By Sean Arnold

Levy County Animal Services euthanizes around half of the feral cats that are brought in.

After department officials recently met with animal rescue groups at a no-kill summit in Gainesville, the county may have a solution that could help tackle the high rate of cat euthanasias.

With extensive backing from Gainesville Pet Rescue, Alachua County Humane Society and at least one major donor, Animal Services is introducing trial program for free spay and neuters for “community cats,” which are cats that are cared for but don’t necessarily have a home.

The Board of County Commissioners approved the program unanimously at its meeting Nov. 22.

The plans for the program were presented to the Board by Darlene Esler, DVM, who was representing Animal Services. She was joined by Chelsea Bower, the associate director of Gainesville Pet Rescue.


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