A two-mile square in South Los Angeles has almost 12,000 cats – the area falls within the 90037 zip code. A non-profit called the Stray Cat Alliance hopes to trap, neuter and return about 7,000 of them. If they are successful in neutering more than half, they say many will die later of natural causes and the total population will decline. The non-profit’s founder said, “When people are struggling to put food on the table, they don’t focus on feral cats. We’re stepping in to fill a need. Animal Services doesn’t have the budget, and residents often don’t know what to do.” (Source: LA Times) When the finish their work in the 90037 zip code, which could take three years, they hope to move on to others and continue sterilizing stray cats.
According to one estimate there are three million cats in the Los Angeles area. In the United States there is an estimated 60-100 million cats and about half are fed by people. The cost for housing, euthanization and disposal can be over $100 per cat.
The number of people in the neighborhood is about 60,000. Though this area may have some residents living in poverty, LA does have some free and low cost Spay and Neuter programs.
Last year, actress Katherine Heigl pledged one million dollars towards spaying and neutering LA animals.
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