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Program helps control stray cat population

By Sonny Long
March 23, 2012 at 4:04 p.m.
Updated March 22, 2012 at 10:23 p.m.


OPPORTUNITIES IN THE COMMUNITY

Saturday - 12:30 p.m., Tutu and Tiara Tee-off, Victoria Country Club, 14 Spring Creek Road, benefiting Victoria Ballet Theatre, $125 entry fee, 361-575-8735. Saturday - 7 p.m., Wild About Wine, 110 Memorial Drive, benefiting the Texas Zoo, $35, 361-573-7681. March 31 - Walk for Autism, 8 a.m., Riverside Park, 1 1/2 mile walk, entertainment from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., concessions, Easter egg hunt, carnival games and jumps, $5 all access. 361-648-9297, 361-582-6996.

CAT TALES

1,774 - Number of cats euthanized by the Victoria animal shelter in 2011379 - Number of euthanized cats that were owned114 - Animal shelter cats adopted in 2011*31 - Animal shelter cats adopted in 2012 (through Feb. 29)*

* Adoptions in conjunction with PetSmart Charities, Dorothy H. O'Connor Pet Adoption Center and Adopt-A-Pet

SOURCE: Victoria City County Animal Control

VICTORIA TRAP NEUTER RETURN

Victoria Trap Neuter Return is a private, volunteer program dedicated to reducing the number of feral and free-roaming cats living in colonies in Victoria.

Each trapped cat is spayed or neutered and vaccinated. The left ear is tipped as an indicator it has been spayed or neutered. Cats are returned to their colonies, healthier and no longer able to reproduce.

Local veterinarians are providing their services at a reduced rate to assist the program.

"We would love to have more vets participate," said Cindy Schneider, one of the program's volunteers. "Not only does this program make good sense, it is a responsible, humane method of caring for outdoor cats and is less expensive than catch and kill."

HISTORY: Founded locally in 2011

AREAS SERVED: Victoria County

SERVICES PROVIDED: Trap, spay and neuter, vaccinate feral and free-roaming cats. Released back to their colony.

GREATEST NEEDS: Donations, volunteers, veterinarians to donate reduced price services.

FUNDING: Donations. All funds go into the program. No administrative costs.

CONTACT INFORMATION: 361-571-3451, 361-894-7369

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