Buddies Feral cat program

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- About one hundred and twenty cats taken off the streets and receiving medical care at the Ashton Animal Clinic.

Early in the morning on one Sunday a month, you will find dozens of people scurrying around carrying trays of cats.

"Our goal and our mission is to trap, neuter and return free roaming cats in our community," stated Dr. Laurie Walmsley.

These are not your typical house cats and they do have homes.

"Feral cats are not homeless, they live in the environment that they are accustomed to, they have food sources, they have water sources and they are important in our environment," stated Walmsley.

"Any and all medical needs get addressed. This past month we will repair a broken leg, repair damaged tissues and any stitches that they need."

Once they are prepped for surgery and the anesthesia has kicked in, the cats are taken down the hall to one of the numerous veterinarians who volunteer their time and talents to insure that the cats don’t keep reproducing.

"Cats that are let loose in peoples neighborhoods that are not spayed and neutered, have a high reproductive rate and their three or four litters a year with three to four kittens per litter the populations explode."

Having taken care 15,000 cats in our community over the past several years, they do this, they say, because it’s the humane solution to an inhumane problem.

"One hundred percent of all feral cats are euthanized that end up in county shelters because they are not socialized with humans. So our approach to the problem is a humane solution."

Now as soon as these cats have healed they will be taken back to where they were found.