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Feb 23, 2014 9:37 PM by Olivia DeGennaro, KSBY News

Spay Day sterilizes more than 100 feral cats in North County

More than 100 cats were spayed and neutered in North County on Sunday.

This is the third year veterinary hospitals in the Paso Robles area have come together for Spay Day.

In past years, volunteers and veterinarians have sterilized more than 100 feral cats at the event.

The goal is to control the feral cat population in a humane way.

"The idea is to get as many animals as we can in one day as opposed to just trickling these animals into veterinary clinics throughout North County over a period of time," said Dr. Tim Bell, North County Animal Hospital.

Dr. Bell says spaying and neutering cats is a humane act because it saves many of them from giving birth to kittens that die early in life. He says only one in six kittens make it to one year old, and many of them die of starvation and disease.

He says feral cats can also take a toll on natural habitats. When they become over populated, cats can take a toll on native bird, lizard and rodent populations. He likes getting the community involved in Spay Day because it's a learning experience.

"I just want them to see what spaying and neutering is about. I think it's a real value because it gives them a different perspective of these animals. They are deserving of a second chance," said Dr. Bell.

After the feral cats are spayed and neutered, they are taken back to the original location where they were picked up in North County. Many of them live in the Atascadero Creek.

If you're interested in helping feral cats in North County with the organization Paws Cause, click here.

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