Community Cat Initiative
The Community Cat Program is a partnership between Escambia County Animal Services, the Pensacola Humane Society and other nonprofit organizations. The initiative aims to control and reduce the number of free roaming, unowned cats in our neighborhoods and end the ineffective practice of catch and kill carried out in our shelter for decades.
How it works
Healthy, non-nuisance outdoor cats brought to the shelter will be eligible for the program. Cats in the Community Cat Program will be:
Why it works
The method of trapping and killing feral cats is ineffective because when cats a removed from an area, it creates a vacuum effect. The area now has plenty of resources (food, water and space), so it will draw more cats and cause the remaining females to increase breeding behaviors. By placing the altered cats back in the area they were picked up from, the resources are still being consumed, but they will not be able to produce more litters. The feral cat population in areas where focused trap-neuter-release programs are implemented will decrease.
The other benefits of trap-neuter-release programs are:
- Reduction in taxpayer expenses – it is cheaper to sterilize these cats than it is to euthanize them
- No new litters of kittens
- Cats are vaccinated against disease
- Nuisance behaviors are typically eliminated after the cats have been sterilized