The pandemic isn’t stopping cat rescuing efforts for one volunteer program in San Luis Obispo County.
While many animal facilities are offering limited services due to the pandemic, the Cal Poly Cat Program has rescued more than 100 kittens this summer.
Volunteers with the Cat Program said the kitten season on the Central Coast is from March to October meaning thousands of kittens are born outside and are more likely to die from disease or starvation.
The program has used its "trap, neuter and release" (TNR) approach to control the local cat population and keep humans and wildlife safe.
“In our county, these cats have a mortality rate of about 50 percent. Most of them do not make it. The ones that do only have lives that are a couple of years long and it's just a very poor quality of life, so we're very focused on maintaining these outdoor cat populations and trying to improve the welfare,” said Andrea Brkić, the social media coordinator for the Cal Poly Cat Program.
The program is entirely run by volunteers and funded by donations.
Click here to learn more about the organization.