SPAS gets grant to help control feral population in Jones County

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Thanks to a grant from Pet Smart Charities, the Southern Pines Animal Shelter is again teaming with the Southern Cross Animal Rescue to try and control the feral cat population in Jones County.

Southern Pines has received a $10,000 that will pay to have 200-feral cats spayed or neutered in the Jones County area. As they did in April, Southern Cross will go into the county and trap colonies of feral's and have them transported to the Southern Pines Spay and Neuter Clinic in Hattiesburg. There they will have their surgery, get a rabies shot, and get ear tipped. They then will be transported back to Jones county and released in their natural environment.

"Feral cats aren't socialized to people, so they are not adoptable," said Valerie Rachal, SPAS Research and  Development. "We really don't want feral cats coming to our shelter because they are not adoptable."

Rachal said the best thing is to spay or neuter them and get the colonies not reproducing and in a stable size.

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