Pasco Says ‘No’ to Feral Cats

The county’s animal shelter no longer accepts feral cats and strays.

New Port Richey residents who are tired of hearing the mewing of feral cats in their neighborhoods at night can no longer round them up for a drop off at Pasco County Animal Services.

As part of its Save 90% program, the county has decided to change the way it handles intakes. That program charges the county with saving 90 percent of the animals brought into its Land O’ Lakes shelter.

Feral cats and strays, however, can make that goal difficult to obtain. That’s why the county has put the brakes on its old policy of accepting cats carte blanche. It’s also decided it will no longer accept cats – and dogs – that owners want to have euthanized.

The county will, however, still accept owner-surrender cats, but only on a few specific days of the week, said Judy T. Gregory, spokeswoman for the agency.

Why the policy change?

“We don’t have a leash law in Pasco (for cats),” Gregory said. “Cats are allowed to roam free.”

Spay Pasco Provides an Alternative

While Pasco won’t take in feral or stray cats, Gregory said residents still have options. One of them comes through the county-supported Spay Pasco program. That is a trap, neuter and release program, or TNR program for short.

Through Spay Pasco residents can trap feral cats in their neighborhoods and take them in for sterilization surgery. Following surgery, residents can pick the cats back up and return them to the wild.  The cost for the surgery is $10 per cat and traps are available through Spay Pasco if a $50 deposit is provided.

Spay Pasco operates using a network of local veterinarians to perform the surgery. Participating vet offices are found in locations throughout the county.

For more details about Spay Pasco, visit its website.

The county is also considering launching an expanded TNR program, but details aren’t ready for release yet, Gregory said.

When Can Owners Drop Off Pets?

Under the new rules, animal services only accepts owner release animals two days a week. The days and hours are:

  • Tuesdays from noon to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays from noon to 6:30 p.m.

For more information about animal services, visit the agency online.

What do you think about the county’s decision to turn away feral cats? Share your thoughts by commenting below.

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See Also:

  • Pasco Animal Services Director Resigns
  • Commissioner 'Frustrated' With Overcrowding at Animal Services

Nature_Advocate April 11, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Moral of the Story: I wasted 15 YEARS dealing with cat-lickers. During which their _invasive_species_ cats destroyed nearly all wildlife on my lands. It wasn't til I STOPPED trying to reason with morons, and on advice of the sheriff just did what had to be done -- SHOOT ALL CATS -- that my lands, all the wildlife, and my life itself started to return to normal. I no longer go out twice a day on cat-patrol to shoot more, nor waste more time burying them to protect wildlife from cat-diseases. Much to the dismay of manipulative TNR LIARS that spew their psychotic "vacuum effect" BS. NO CATS returned. Native wildlife that BELONGS HERE returned. You can argue with the Toxo-parasites in cat-lickers' brains til you are blue in the face and your world is destroyed by cats, but it'll NEVER get rid of their cats. Just do what needs to be done -- DESTROY _ALL_ UNSUPERVISED CATS. Later, AFTER your lands and life are 100% cat-free, try educating the idiots. Use the time you got back from their cats taking over your life to share the best ways to destroy cats. And if you want, make YOUR life THEIR problem. Just as they made THEIR cats YOUR problem all these years. It's only fair! Because that's what it's really all about. It's not about cats at all. They only want to control and ruin your life with their cats. You can stop that immediately by destroying their cats. And there's not ONE THING they can do about it if you do it right.
Nature_Advocate April 11, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Promise? Or will I have to shut you up again on yet another cat-licker's website?
Juls April 11, 2013 at 06:53 PM
"Another anti-abortion freak" Wow! Yes, and proudly I support life! I know several friends who have black cats and they are beautiful. Doesn't make me want one, but the odds of a kitten vs a stray are higher. Yes, they do have attitudes, unlike dogs who love to please, cats could care less about you and are all about them only needing you when they want you on their terms. I've had several cats and wouldn't have another one. Here is a perfect video :) http://youtu.be/GbycvPwr1Wg It hits the nail on the head! LOL! Lighten up? You are the one attacking. I was just responding to your posts to me.
LB June 10, 2013 at 01:17 AM
We need TNR program for criminals since most of them do not care for their children nor can they afford them and just use the money and foodstamps for trade of drugs, alcohol and other needs for themselves! They bread children to be the same as them.
Chrissy Bierman February 17, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Hopefully Juls and Nature_Advocate are up in years and they will BLESS THIS PLANET by dying a slow and horrible DEATH ASAP.


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