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Dec 04, 2020

Monmouth County SPCA Receives Grant to Keep Feral Cats Safe

Courtesy: Ross Licitra Facebook Page. Licitra and Senator Gopal

The Monmouth County SPCA has received a $25,000 grant for the facility’s TNR (trap, neuter, return) program, according to multiple sources.

The MCSPCA has taken the initiative in implementing a program for stray cats to be taken in, neutered and released in an effort to reduce stray populations and disease among the animals. Kittens and friendly stray cats are put up for adoption. Grants and donations help in supporting the program.

Every cat that is trapped is spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated, decreasing breeding and allowing the cats to lead healthier lives.

This grant has already helped 229 outdoor cats, preventing the overpopulation of strays and keeping the cats healthy.

“As executive director of the MCSPCA, I am thrilled that our organization, with the help of Senator [Vin] Gopal, has forged this road in regards to the community cat issue,” said Director Ross Licitra. “Government partnerships with animal welfare organizations, like the MCSPCA, are the right formula to effectively and humanely bring community cats under control. Both the public and the cats will benefit from such an alliance.”

Not only is the Monmouth County SPCA the first shelter to receive this grant twice, but it is also the leader in the trap/neuter/release of feral cats.

Gopal explains, “With this funding in place, the MCSPCA can work to significantly decrease the feral cat population in Monmouth County over the years and simultaneously help save the lives of animals.”