Palm Beach Daily News (Opinion)

March 28, 2015

Letter to Editor:

 

Palm Beach Island Cats gives residents peace of mind

By David Leavitt

 

New residents in Palm Beach may not be aware that the town has had a long history of problems with free roaming cats that began with irresponsible people releasing un-neutered family pets. The island at one time was home to well over 1,000 of these cats. They were hungry, woke us at night during mating season and produced hundreds of kittens every year. …..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All that changed six years ago when our Town Council selected Palm Beach Island Cats to manage the feral cat population. As its president, I am happy to tell you our carefully planned program is one of the most successful in the country. So successful that today we have only 550 cats; virtually all have been neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. During last year’s kitten season, only 15 kittens were born and all were domesticated and adopted into loving homes.

 

Today I get asked, “why don’t we see or hear the cats like we used to. Are they gone?” The answer is no. Palm Beach Island Cats has found a way to manage them that is safer for the cats and better for the residents’ peace of mind. We gather the cat colonies for feeding in the wee hours of the morning, which results in the cats quietly sleeping during the day. We feed an amount that adequately supports each colony and return later to clean up any excess that would attract other wildlife.

 

Palm Beach Island Cats is the only charity working 365 days a year on the island. We are proud to be able to produce letters of reference from a town manager [former Town Manager Peter Elwell], Code Enforcement and Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. Our mission is to prevent future generations of community cats while caring for the ones that are here now.

 

Although we have a very successful program, it is one that will require continued work well into the future. Palm Beach Island Cats is a local charity without the support of a national organization. We receive no government funds and rely 100 percent on donations. All donated money is spent right here in Palm Beach, making it a better place to live.

 

I send my thanks to the caring residents who support us and hope my message inspires others to do the same.

 

DAVID LEAVITT

 

President, Palm Beach Island Cats

 

 

 

 

 

 

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