Attack of the Alien Invaders, National Geographic Magazine: Spay and Neuter Program For Cats

Sleeping cat lies on back with plastic cone over head under a blue sheet
Cat under anesthesia

A cat is given anesthesia before being neutered.

Volunteers spend time caring for homeless kitties at Caring for Cats, a no-kill shelter and foster network for cats and kittens in Florida. Feral cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, tested for feline AIDS and leukemia, and their left ear is clipped to show they’ve been caught. Then they are released (or adopted if possible) and fed by volunteers.

Veterinarian Elton J. Gissendanner travels to eight clinics in South Florida and the Keys trying to help curb the escalating numbers of cats. He estimates there are 10,000 feral cats in the Keys. Feral cats are listed on the world’s top 100 worst invasive aliens.

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