Program to stem spread of feral cats coming to Bakersfield

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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.

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