TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Pima County officials hope a new effort aimed at sterilizing feral cats will decrease the number of animals that are currently being euthanized.
The Pima County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a roughly $1.5 million partnership with the Pima Animal Care Center, Best Friends Animal Society and PetSmart Charities. The goal is to trap the cats, spay or neuter them and provide necessary medical treatment before returning them to the wild.
The project aims to sterilize 5,000 cats annually over the three-year period of the grant, reducing the euthanasia rate by nearly 30 percent.
Officials say Best Friends will provide about $1 million for the grant, while the county is earmarking $600,000 to fund the sterilizations.