By Cathy Elelman • 14 November 2019 • 14:30
OBJECTIVE: The council said the aim of the programme was to guarantee the health and protection of street cat colonies.
A CAT neutering programme in El Campello is going well, the local council reported.
The local authority’s Public Health department sterilized, removed parasites from and released 80 feral cats in less than a month after first launching the trap-neuter-release programme on October 25 to ensure the animals’ health and protection.
The council explained that authorised personnel from the animal protection societies operating in the municipality go to public areas where there are significant colonies of street cats, and that it is these volunteers who capture the cats, transfer them to veterinary clinics to undergo the sterilization procedure and to be treated for parasites, and who then return them to where they were picked up.
Public Health concillor Rafael Galvan said the project was going “according to plan”, thanking the animal protection societies for their collaboration.
The councillor also issued a reminder to the public that feeding feral cat colonies has to “controlled” and that it in El Campello it is regulated by a local by-law.
According to the council the municipality’s feral cat population is down to various causes, including the abandonment of animals and the failure of owners to take action to stop uncontrolled reproduction.
The local authority said it intended to continue with the trap-neuter-release programme until the majority of street cats had been treated.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
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