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Feb 24, 2013 7:56 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Spay Day held to help solve feral cat problem on Central Coast

The feral cat population is extremely high on the Central Coast, according to local animal groups. They say the bad economy forced many people to abandon their pets. To address the problem, the local non-profit Paws Cause hosted Spay Day on Sunday.

"We have a serious problem here in the North County. One pair of cats can lead to 400,000 kittens in seven years so really we're just trying to reduce the population so that they're healthier," said Laura Ernst, an 11th grade volunteer at the event.

Volunteers helped spay and neuter hundreds of cats. Local veterinarians and students also came out to help. Students were taught how to administer vaccines, and they also had the opportunity to shadow vets in surgeries.

Event organizers say they can help house cats too. They offer spaying and neutering services for just $25.

"It really offers people in the community who couldn't otherwise afford to spay or neuter their cat to have a chance to do something for them," said Lisa Hopkins, a teacher at Paso Robles High School.

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