Donor gives $100K to Pasco County Animal Services

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Pasco County Animal Services recently received a $100,000 donation from a donor that actively uses their trap, neuter, vaccinate, return program (TNVR).

The donation will allow Animal Services to purchase a vehicle for the transportation needs of the TNVR program. The remaining funds will be used for sterilization and rabies vaccinations for feral and community cats. 

"Trap, neuter, vaccinate and release is a program where community cats, feral cats come into the shelter or to one of our partnering veterinarians," explained Rachel Stever, the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Pasco County Animal Services. "They go ahead and spay and neuter them. They vaccinate them and they ear chip them and get them back out into the community where they come from."

The program has sterilized over 16,000 feral and community cats in Pasco County since 2013. It was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners as part of their SAVE 90% program. 

The trap, neuter, vaccinate, return program helps control community cat populations. 

"What we start to see is actually a reduction of numbers of community cats in that area. But you also see a healthier batch of community cats because they now have vaccines," Stever said.

The program accepts cats for just $10. In the last year, Stever said over 6,000 animals came through the shelter's doors.