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Spartanburg Finds Success In Controlling Feral Cats

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The city received a $38,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, Inc., to implement a "TNR" program, or "trap, neuter and release" initiative. The city received a $38,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, Inc., to implement a "TNR" program, or "trap, neuter and release" initiative.
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Update: May 3rd, 2013:

Spartanburg Animal Services says they've found some success with their program to control the feral cat population.

Major Steve Lamb, who oversees Spartanburg Animal Services, says over 180 cats have been through the Spartanburg Feral Cat program.

The city received a $38,000 grant to start a "trap, neuter and release" program on January 1st and placed several traps in problem areas.

The grant money for the program is scheduled to run out at the end of the year.

April 2nd, 2013:

Spartanburg Animal Services says its new program to control the feral cat population is working.

The city received a $38,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, Inc., to implement a "TNR" program, or "trap, neuter and release" initiative which began January 1st of this year.

So far, animal services and volunteers from the community have placed traps in problem areas across the city, and together they've captured 90 feral cats.

Once trapped, the cats are taken to Animal Allies, a spay and neuter clinic which is performing the operations and administering vaccinations to the cats before they're released back into the community.

The program is aimed at helping control, not eliminate, the feral cat population which can be quite a nuisance to neighborhoods.

Over time, feral cat colonies have popped up throughout the city where people will "adopt" these wild cats and feed them. Before long, the colony consists of dozens of cats that keep on multiplying.

Major Steve Lamb, who's over animal services, said his office has worked to gain the trust of people who run colonies so that they can work together to reduce the over-population problem.

People who help tend to the colonies and other animal rescue groups have volunteered and are helping to place traps, Lamb said.

While some rescue groups and private individuals work to trap, neuter and release ferals, Spartanburg is the only city government in the Upstate with this sort of program, Lamb said.

Lamb said if the program is successful, the city will apply for another grant to try to continue the efforts. The grant money runs out at the end of this year, or when the city catches 750 cats.

Anyone interested in having traps placed on their property should contact the city at 864-582-1558.

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