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City seeks help to identify feral cats for spay/neuter program

April 30, 2015 -

The City of Kingston and the Spay Neuter Kingston Initiative are seeking volunteers and the public's help with this year's trap, neuter, vaccinate and return (TNVR) program, aimed at reducing the feral cat population, city-wide.

"The City works with Spay Neuter Kingston to help identify and spay or neuter and vaccinate the feral cat population. This program's success is due in no small part to the efforts of dedicated volunteers city-wide," says Kim Leonard, manager, licensing and enforcement. 

This is the second year the Spay Neuter Kingston Initiative will work on behalf of the City to identify the areas with a high concentration of feral cats and work with TNVR program volunteers to control their population.

In 2014:

  • 253 cats were fixed
  • 18 colonies were stabilized

Feral cats are cats that are not owned and are not sufficiently socialized to humans to be adopted (unlike stray cats which may have been owned at one point).

Know of a feral cat? Interested in volunteering with this program?  Please visit www.spayneuterkingstoninitiative.org for more details on the TNVR program and/or call them at 613-463-9229.

This initiative is part of the City's Responsible Pet Ownership Program directed at ensuring the health and safety of cats and dogs in Kingston.

The City also offers eligible low-income households vouchers of up to $250 towards the cost to help spay/neuter their pets through the municipal fee assistance program. Find out more at www.Cityofkingston.ca/feeassistance or call 613-546-2695, ext. 4906.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.