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Hall County Animal Shelter to control feral cat population with new catch-and-release program
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Warden Walt Davis holds a cat at the Hall County Animal Shelter. - photo by Austin Steele

Hall County Animal Shelter is expanding its life-saving efforts with the launch of the new Community Cat Program.

To control the population of feral cats in Hall County, the shelter plans to trap the felines, have them spayed or neutered, administer the proper vaccinations and release them back into their original habitats.

"This effort provides a better outcome for all parties involved,” Danielle Busch, Hall County Animal Shelter program coordinator said in a press release. “We can help control the pet population while simultaneously decreasing the number of (animal euthanasia) outcomes at the shelter.”

The press release stated that the Best Friends Animal Society inspired the program, introducing it as a measure to reduce the number of cats being brought into the shelter and the cat euthanasia rates.

The society helped implement a similar program in Cobb County, which increased its save-rate from 61 to 93 percent.

The shelter encourages people to report any feral cat colonies to Hall County Animal Services at 678-450-1587. For more information about the Best Friends Community Cat Program visit www.bestfriends.org.


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