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Westchester's Astorino Funds Effort To Curb Feral Cats

County Executive Rob Astorino recently announced additional funding to help control the feral cat population in Westchester.
County Executive Rob Astorino recently announced additional funding to help control the feral cat population in Westchester. Photo Credit: Courtesy alleycat.org

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Kiley Blackman, founder of Animal Defenders of Westchester, recently announced $5,000 in additional funding through the Animal League of Westchester to curtail the number of feral or stray cats.

The major hurdle for the program, known as Trap, Neuter and Release, is the cost of spaying and neutering the cats. The procedures can cost as much as $400.

“Two uncontrolled breeding cats, with a 10-year life span, plus all their kittens, can produce thousands of cats. They are easy prey for larger animals, cars and cruel pranksters who enjoy harming innocent beings. Neutered cats are also healthier as a result of medical care and vaccinations, making them better citizens in the community," Blackman said in a statement. "That is why we are so appreciative to Rob Astorino for hearing our pleas and helping us in this important effort.”