Fixing the Cat Problem, 1 at a Time

In Albuquerque, the Community Cats Project is forging a new model for feral management

November 17, 2012

Early in 2012 PetSmart Charities, working in cooperation with Utah-based Best Friends Animal Society, announced an ambitious new program to humanely manage free-roaming cat populations. Two cities - Albuquerque, NM and San Antonio, TX - were selected for the launch of the Community Cats Project which is meant to serve as a model for saving the lives of feral cats while gradually reducing their numbers and environmental impact.

The Community Cats Project is less than a year old but in Albuquerque feline euthanasia has already dropped by 67%. By the time the three-year, $700,000 project is completed, 10,500 free-roaming cats will have been trapped, neutered and returned to their original locations around the city. The Project is being underwritten by a grant from PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of companion animal welfare efforts in North America, and is administered by Best Friends Animal Society.

Neighborhood Cats' co-founder Bryan Kortis is currently a Program Manager at PetSmart Charities in charge of overseeing the development of the Community Cats Project.  To read his op-ed about the Project to date in Albuquerque, please click here*.

*This article originally appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on 10/16/12.