What: LA lawmakers are weighing in on funding a proposed Citywide Cat Program designed to reduce the number of stray cats.
When: Next steps are a public meeting on the draft environmental review (6 p.m., Oct. 7 at the Ramona Hall Community Center, 4580 N. Figueroa St.) then ultimately, passage by the LA City Council.
The city of Los Angeles is considering spending significant city funding to propel a program forward that aims to reduce the number of stray cats within the city’s 465-square miles. Los Angeles’ six city animal services centers currently service over 60,000 animals a year, and that number has risen sharply in recent years.
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Funds would primarily be used to spay/neuter stray cats in the region, in most cases returning them to where they were originally found. Some of the monies will be used to subsidize the cost of spaying/neutering cats in low-income households and to supporting adoption groups that require significant oversight once a cat has been adopted out.
The program was initially drafted more than a year ago but was put on hold until an official Environmental Impact Review could be completed. With that process complete, the city is set to hold a public hearing on the matter in October. All residents are encouraged to attend.