Connecticut feral cat grants to 11 orgs
Westport Animal Group Receives State Grant
WestportNow.com Connecticut - September 15, 2006
Westport-based The Alliance In Limiting Strays (TAILS) is among 11 organizations to receive a total of $40,000 in state funding under the state’s new Feral Cat Grant Program.
“Feral cats are wild by nature–-many have never known a human touch or received veterinary care,” Gov. M. Jodi Rell said. “Meanwhile, we are seeing an explosion in their populations which presents us with a major animal welfare challenge.”
The governor said the state wants to get to the root of the problem so it is doing all it can to help local groups address the health of these animals in a humane fashion.
“The nonprofit organizations who are receiving these grants are made up of dedicated volunteers who will help us make steady progress in this area, and I commend them on the fine work they are doing,” Rell said.
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal Population Control Program (APCP) will administer the program.
The APCP has provided vaccination and sterilization benefits to more that 15,000 adopted dogs and cats since 2001 and over 40,000 pets in total since the program started in 1995.
Previously, the only way to receive state benefits was by rescuing a pet from one of the approximately 150 pounds in Connecticut.
Over the past eight years, the APCP’s work has contributed to a 30 percent reduction in impounded dogs and cats in Connecticut, and a 53 percent reduction in euthanized animals in the state, freeing up resources for other programs, the governor’s office said.
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original Feral Cat Blog! post:
Connecticut Feral Cat Grants!
28 May 2006
Notice of Availability of Feral Cat Grants State of Connecticut - Department of Agriculture Hartford, CT.