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Parke-Vermillion Humane Society Gets $10,000 Feral Cat Grant

The Trap, Neuter, Release program is an initiative to humanly catch feral cats, spay or neuter them and then send them back into the wild. If you've noticed a feral cat colony, contact the Parke-Vermillion Humane Society to let them know where.
A new animal-control program is coming to the Valley.

The Parke-Vermillion Humane Society just received a $10,000 feral cat grant from PetSmart.
 
Feral cats can produce multiple liters a year, so officials are stepping up to help stop the feline overpopulation problem at their shelter.

"...47 million feral cats can produce 156 million kittens in  a year. A year," said Dareth Stonebraker, director of the Parke-Vermillion Humane Society. "So that's one that usually you can throw that out there and people are like oh my gosh and just taken aback by it. It's crazy and we have to get it stopped."

So enter the Trap, Neuter, Release program.

It's an initative to humanly catch feral cats, spay or neuter them and then send them back into the wild.
   
A pair of breeding cats and their offspring can produce 420,000 kittens over a seven-year period - and that exponential growth leads to overcrowding, injuries to other animals and disease.

"One main way that cats spread diseases is by fighting, bites and puncture wounds and such. And so it will definitely help reduce the urge to fight, the territorialism," explains assistant shelter director Jeanine Ostrum.

Trap, Neuter, Release is the most effective way to manage feral colonies.    

This year alone, the shelter hopes to fix 236 cats and vaccinate them for rabies... helping to control the problem before it even begins.

"We can't keep them here at the shelter and we can't adopt out feral cats, so by getting them altered we are potentially stopping them from creating more of a problem for the residents," said Stonebraker.

And control the pet population well beyond county lines:

"We are just inundated with cats  at the shelter and a lot of them out from feral colonies around different neighborhoods in Parke and Vermillion counties so we took a stand and hope to minimize some of the issues that we're seeing," said Stonebraker.

Officials are hoping to get this program up and running by the first of the month.

If you've noticed a feral cat colony, contact the Parke-Vermillion Humane Society to let them know where.

The Parke-Vermillion Humane Society is located at 1884 S. State Road 63. The number of (765) 492-3540 or email at pvchs@abcs.com.

You can also check them out on Facebook.
   
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