Thursday was the first day of mobile operations for Snip Collier, a low-cost spay/neuter service and local organization based in Naples, at its new premises.
On its Immokalee campus, close to the Seminole Immokalee Casino, is the Snip Collier mobile unit, according to a recent article by Ryan Arbogast of NBC2.
Tom Kepp, the creator of Snip, stated, “The cat population is just overwhelming all over Collier County.”
Before releasing about thirty feral cats into the wild on Friday, the crew caught them in the Immokalee region, updated their vaccination records, and provided them with medical attention. As things are right now, every cat is homeless.
“They are trampled. That is how things really are. Predators are present; they get run over, and dogs are running all over the place,” said Kepp.
“These cats find it difficult to live outside. Outside, their lifespan is roughly five to seven years; indoors, it can reach nearly fifteen years for certain breeds”, said Jose Lopez, a certified veterinary technician who traveled from Miami to help with the procedure.
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The number of feral cats in the United States is estimated to be between 30 and 40 million, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
The article originally appeared on NBC2.