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News Release City of Fort Pierce For immediate release: August 20, 2021 Contact: Animal Control, 772.467.3720
The City of Fort Pierce Recipient of Florida Animal Friend Grant
The City of Fort Pierce was recently awarded a grant from Florida Animal Friend, a not-for-profit spay and neuter program that helps control stray animal populations across Florida communities, safely. The grant provided up to $15,000 to the City of Fort Pierce which will assist the Animal Control Department, and our community partners in addressing the growing feral cat issue in the city. The grant will help cover the cost of spay and neutering feral cats, a continuous burden due to their high breeding rate. The grant was made possible through the continued support of the Florida Animal Friend Spay & Neuter specialty license plate. The purchase and annual renewal of each license plate helps fund the Florida Animal Friend and allows the program to save the lives of countless unwanted cats and dogs by providing grants to organizations that offer free or low-cost spay and neuter services across the state of Florida. How To Help: If you see or know of a feral cat issue in the community or wish to volunteer to help trap or transport the cats, please contact Animal Control by calling: 772-467-3720. Animal Control will notify our community partners who will safely ensure the cats are trapped, brought to a participating veterinarian, spayed or neutered, vaccinated against rabies, and returned without harm. About Feral Cats: Feral cats are wild cats and differ from stray cats which are homeless pets. Feral cats were born in the wild, live outdoors, and were never socialized to humans. You will often find them in a group, called a colony. It is because of this group living, where uncontrolled breeding takes place, that TNVR (Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return) programs, like the one operated by the city, is so important to controlling the feral cat population. TNVR is considered the only humane way of controlling the feral cat population. Learn more at: https://bit.ly/3xuGX4y