Program to stem spread of feral cats coming to Bakersfield
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) —
Bakersfield is looking to lower the number of unowned cats roaming free around the city.
A new program designed to reduce the feral cat population will be the subject of a community meeting 11:30 a.m. Monday at Rabobank Arena.
The Community Cat Program was created out of a partnership between local animal care officials and the Best Friends Animal Society.
The three-year program will have four specific goals to achieve by the end of 2020:
- increase the cat save rate to 90 percent
- spay/neuter at least 6,000 cats
- reduce cat euthanasia rates by 70 percent
- reduce cat intake at the shelter by 15 percent
The Community Cat Program will be using the trap-neuter-return method, which officials say is most humane and effective in preventing cats from entering the shelter system.