Program aims to reduce cat population in Horry County

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Tonight, the Horry County Animal Care Center will discuss a new project aimed at lowering the overwhelming cat population in Horry County.

The center has received a $51,060 grant from PetSmart Charities for a "Trap-Neuter-Return" program, targeting 1,000 free-roaming cats in the 29526 zip code in the Conway area, according to a release from the county. That area has been identified as the location with the most intakes of feral and free-roaming cats.

"Stray and feral cats are the greatest source of the center's overpopulation," stated Kelly Bonome, Operations Manager for the Horry County Animal Care Center. "If we can assist in breaking the cycle of reproduction, these free -roaming cats will be less of a nuisance to our community."

The grant will also provide the 1,000 cats with a rabies vaccine and an ear-tipping, which is a universally-recognized sign that the cat has been neutered.

Officials from the animal care center will discuss the project and how the public can get involved tonight at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the County Government & Justice Center, located at 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway.

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