Operation Cat Nip
Stray cats. They're strutting everywhere in Alachua County. Even if you're a fan of the furry friends, experts from the Humane Society say feral cats are creating a real problem.
The Humane Society is spreading the word to kids at the hippodrome summer camp today. They're giving a presentation on "Operation Cat Nip." It's a new initiative created to curb the stray cat problem. They trap the strays, neuter or spay them, then send them back out into the world with a clipped ear. It's a way to detect that they've already been fixed.
"Estimates are about 80 percent of the cats in Alachua County are actually un-owned animals. Many of them are out there breeding, leading to a rampant overpopulation problem," says Becky Goodman of The Humane Society.
Becky Goodman says they're bringing the message to children with hopes to inspire a new generation of responsible pet owners. Thalia Hayden, WCJB TV 20 News