Tavares – The Lake County Animal Shelter will launch a new trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) program named “Every Day Is Caturday” beginning on June 1. The TNVR program provides a humane and proactive approach to reducing the free-roaming cat population. Online scheduling will allow the public to make appointments Monday through Friday, and the cost of the program will be $10 per cat.
In an effort to reach more residents and cats in our communities, the program is a re-launch of the previously held “Operation Community Caturday” that took place the last Saturday of each month.
The program is reserved for unowned, free-roaming community cats. Cats must arrive to the shelter in a humane trap that is covered to reduce stress. In addition to being spayed or neutered, all accepted cats will receive a rabies and combo vaccine, and deworming. They will also be ear-tipped. Residents in need of assistance for owned cats may use the County’s spay/neuter rebate.
Residents who would like more information on the program, including how to get involved and to learn how to trap cats, are welcome to attend the shelter’s free upcoming TNVR workshop “Caturday School” on June 20. Co-hosted by LEASH, Inc., the class will cover the basics of trap-neuter-vaccinate-return, teach how to set traps and trap difficult cats, and explore the best practices in community cat management. Residents may register for the class online, and all attendees are eligible to receive three coupons for free Caturday appointments. To register for the class, visit https://bit.ly/CaturdaySchool.
“Our hope is that through this new, more accessible approach, we will be able to double the number of cats served with this program,” said Lake County Animal Shelter Director Whitney Boylston. “The Caturday School class is also a great opportunity for residents who care about cats and want to make an impact on the lives of community cats in their neighborhood.”
To schedule an appointment for Every Day Is Caturday, visit https://bit.ly/EveryDayIsCaturday. For more information on the Lake County Animal Shelter, visit https://lakecountyfl.gov/offices/animal_services/ or follow its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LakeCountyAnimalShelter.