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Cat population control program to get $5,000

February 10, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. The Humane Society of Morgan County received a $5,000 funding commitment from the Morgan County Commission to help finance a program to reduce the population of feral and free-roaming cats.

The commission unanimously agreed to fund the Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) program at Thursday's meeting, "contingent on what the 2008-09 budget will allow," said Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim.

Humane Society President Ed Duncan said the overpopulation of feral and free-roaming cats in the county can be addressed with support and adequate funding for the TNR program.

Duncan said the Humane Society will allocate $2,500 of its yearly budget toward the program. He said the unwanted cats are growing at an uncontrolled rate, and more than 60 percent of the Humane Society calls are about stray and feral cat problems.

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The cats receive a three-year rabies shot along with spaying or neutering, said Kelvin Langley, Humane Society board treasurer. "We will also provide spay and neutering for low-income families," he said.

"We are looking for county commitment; we need joint help and we can work together," Langley said. "Just your support is important; the money is a reflection of your support," he said.

Duncan said if the TNR program is successful in this trial project, the Humane Society would like to continue with the joint $7,500 yearly funding with the county.

"If we are looking at long-term, we will look at all funding sources to fund this," said commission President Glen R. Stotler.

Duncan said his organization is looking for more volunteers exclusively for this program. He said the program began in 2004 and about 1,000 cats have been spayed and neutered.

Duncan said they will also ask for funding assistance from other agencies including United Way.

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