In an effort to control the population of feral cats in Hall County, the Hall County Animal Shelter has launched its Community Cat program - an effort to trap feral cats that qualify for the program, spay/neuter and vaccinate them, and release them back into their habitats.
At the suggestion of Best Friends Animal Society, which recently released the findings of its assessment of Hall County Animal Services, the program was introduced as a measure to reduce the number of cats being brought into the shelter and cat euthanasia rates - saving taxpayers money and providing a public health benefit to the community.
Best Friends assisted with the implementation of a similar program in Cobb County, which saw its save rate increase from 61-percent to 93-percent.
"This effort provides a better outcome for all parties involved. We can help control the pet population while simultaneously decreasing the number of non-live outcomes at the shelter," said Danielle Busch, Hall County Animal Shelter Program Coordinator.
Effective immediately, Hall County will work with the public to trap feral cats in the community. Citizens are encouraged to report any feral cat colonies to Hall County Animal Services.
More information about Best Friends Community Cat Program can be found here.