Palm Coast, FL-Palm Coast is joining the effort already underway in other places in Flagler County to deal with feral cat colonies. Palm Coast will partner with the Flagler Humane Society on a spaying and neutering effort called the “Community Cat Diversion” program. City of Palm Coast spokeswoman Cindi Lane says the feral cat population has been a growing problem there. Lane says the effort will also “notch” a cat’s ear to identify that it has been neutered.
Lane says the concept is that, eventually, the cat colonies will shrink as no new litters are being added. A volunteer “think tank” will also be formed to put together best practices for feeding and managing the colonies. Lane says when feral cats are fed regularly in the same place they have a tendency not to roam far from the feeding site.
“Flagler Humane Society has been practicing trap, neuter and return in other areas of Flagler County for years with great success,” said Amy Carotenuto, Flagler Humane Society Executive Director. “The number of animals euthanized at FHS has dropped 78 percent over the last two years, largely in part due to trap, neuter and return. Another benefit with community cats not living at the shelter is that our adoptable cats have more space and stay healthier. Now with Palm Coast on board we will be able to save even more lives.”
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