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Idaho cat group aims to lower feral population

KBOI Boise logo KBOI Boise 9/11/2021 CBS2 News Staff
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Operation Community Cats is a Treasure Valley Non-profit devoted to helping stray cats.

Diane Ayers president of OCC has one mission, a world where all cats live safely inside.

"We're passionate about saving the kitties and the cats and making a better life for them in the long run. And helping to prevent the overpopulation" Ayers said

Diane Ayers says the most effective way to control the overpopulation of felines is the TNRV method. Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate and Return.

"Usually 24 hours after the surgery, they’re all doing well," Ayers said. "They’re eating they’re drinking, and all the body functions are working, there's no infection, we’ll bring them back to the location where they were trapped, and we'll release them." 

Diane says that when the cats are returned to the property after being neutered and vaccinated, other strays will stay away.

"For the past 50 to 70 years, people have believed that they can take the cats and just dispose of them. Take them out, kill them, take them to other areas, and that will take care of the problem... it doesn't" Ayers said.

Diane and volunteers at OCC say it’s rewarding knowing the local cat population is being controlled.

"You know that there's kittens that won't be getting sick because they're healthier once they're spay and neutered and vaccinated. And then the population won't continue to grow." For additional information click HERE.

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