(WHAS11)-- A local organization is addressing the concerns on stray cats in the local community.
Alley Cat Advocates helps those stray or community cats through its trap, neuter, return program.
The cats are humanely trapped then taken to locals vet clinic to be either spayed or neutered. While there they are also vaccinated for rabies and other diseases, then the cats are returned to those areas where they were trapped.
The organization knows where to set their traps by getting calls from those in a community who feed the cats, but cannot afford to care for them otherwise.
With between 300 and 500 calls per month, Alley Cat Advocates is kept busy. Since 2000 the program has been able to trap, neuter and return nearly 30,000 cats.
Karen Little, with Alley Cat Advocates, says the cats are driven by their hormones, which is why this program is needed in the community.
"They're mating and reproducing at a very rapid rate in our community," Little said. "That's hard on the cats. They roam, they fight, they give birth, they nurse kittens and that's challenging for them. So if we're able to spay and neuter them, those behaviors stop. They don't roam, they don't spray, they don't fight, they don't give birth and their kittens don't die because there are no kittens."
The services are offered at no cost and is funded through private donations and grants to Alley Cat Advocates.
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