BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - The feral cat population is a growing problem in many south Georgia communities, but a new organization is tackling the issue in Bainbridge.
Spring is finally here, and so is breeding season for dogs and cats.
And you might be surprised of the impact it has on your community.
Jill Breedlove, founder of Southern Paws Animal Sanctuary, said, “Within seven years, a male, a female, and their offspring is over 350,000 cats.”
And as fewer cats are spayed or neutered, you start seeing results almost everywhere you go here in Bainbridge.
“They may not be in your neighborhood that you see, but if we don't go ahead and take care of it now, they will be moving into your neighborhoods,” said Breedlove.
So, she created an organization called Friends of Ferals to try to control the feral cat population.
“Trap, neuter, and release. And it's just for the feral cat population. Reduce the numbers of cats mainly that are coming into the shelters and rescues,” said Breedlove.
Local veterinarians are partnering with Friends of Ferals as well.
Dr. Cliff Bailey at Port City Animal Hospital said, “Whatever animals we can get spayed or neutered are going to be just one less that are out there producing more offspring that are unwanted and potentially suffer.”
Each cat will receive rabies vaccinations as well.
But it doesn't come cheap.
Shelters and Humane Societies already suffer from tight budgets.
Now they need your help to get started.
“We need the community. We need the community getting on board. This is a community problem so we need help from the community to take care of it,” said Breedlove.
Each procedure is estimated to cost $60 for each cat.
Donations can be made to animal hospitals involved including Port City Animal Hospital, Bryan-Hight Veterinary Hospital, and Colquitt Animal Hospital.
Checks should be made out directly to the animal hospital with “Friend of Ferals” written in the memo.
You can also send checks to the Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society or Southern Paws.