The Effects of Implementing a Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Program in a Florida County Animal Control Service

  title={The Effects of Implementing a Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Program in a Florida County Animal Control Service},
  author={Kathy L Hughes and Margaret R. Slater and Linda Haller},
  journal={Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science},
  pages={285 - 298}
In 1995, a county animal control service implemented a feral cat sterilization program with the goal of reducing the number of healthy cats euthanized, complaints, and the county's costs. The service collected data from a 6-year period both before and after the program's implementation. The service totaled the numbers of both cat and dog impoundments, surgeries, adoptions, euthanasias, and complaints for each year; standardized both sets of numbers on a per- 10,000-person basis to compare… 

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