With the support of the Orange Beach City Council, the nonprofit Orange Beach Animal Care and Control Program is beginning to get a handle on controlling the stray and feral cat population in the city through a trap, neuter and return initiative.
In early September, the City Council approved start-up funds and the purchase of 20 traps for the nonprofit that is working in conjunction with Tom Conerly, the Orange Beach Police Department’s Animal Control Officer.
Conerly gave the council an update on the program during the Jan. 16 meeting. The meeting also provided an opportunity for Conerly to park the new Animal Control vehicle at City Hall for the public to see.
“So far, we have 33 volunteers registered to help with this program now,” Conerly told the council. “We started trapping in earnest on Sept. 21, which was just right at four months ago. We have have trapped 99 cats and processed them through the program. They roughly equal 49 males, 50 females. We have also adopted out 22 cats and kittens from this program and made some folks really happy.”
On January 21, OBACCP announced that the 100th cat, named “Centennial,” was trapped, neutered, vaccinated and returned to its original location.
Explaining the impact of the Trap-Neuter-Return program to council members, Conerly broke it down by saying the 50 female cats alone reduced the growth of cat colonies by 496 kittens, which would’ve been born in the first year. He came to that number by conservatively using the average of each cat having 2 litters per year and 2.8 kittens per litter. Also taking into account that cats can begin reproducing at 4 to 5 months of age. Read more.