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FIU, Miami-Dade Animal Services team up to neuter and vaccinate feral cats on campus

FIU, Miami-Dade Animal Services team up to neuter and vaccinate feral cats on campus

June 4, 2020 at 6:00pm

Florida International University has partnered with Miami-Dade County Animal Services to humanely control a growing free-roaming cat population on campus through the county’s successful Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate and Return (TNVR) initiative.

The TNVR method is widely considered by leading animal welfare organizations such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) as the most effective and humane way to control feral and community cat populations. It has been implemented successfully in Miami-Dade County since 2013.

“We have heard from many people in our community and beyond who have offered to help us address the animal situation on our campuses, which include cats that have been abandoned by their owners,” said Kenneth A. Jessell, senior vice president for finance and administration and CFO. “We are grateful to Miami-Dade County Animal Services for stepping up and working with us to carry out a comprehensive and humane plan that will help address the health and safety issues the cats present, while also raising awareness to prevent the future abandonment of cats.”

Over the next several weeks, Miami-Dade County Animal Services will neuter and vaccinate as many cats as possible at BBC and MMC in their mobile operating room. Animal Services will take cats that need additional medical attention to the county’s Pet Adoption and Protection Center for treatment. All healthy cats will be returned and released. FIU also will place signs throughout the campuses reminding people not to abandon their cats. FIU students, faculty and staff continue to learn and work from home and FIU campuses are closed to visitors.

Over time, it is expected that this strategy will bring the feral cat population at FIU under control.

“TNVR is an integral component of Miami-Dade Animal Services’ no kill mission and provides effective strategies for humanely managing community cat populations.  We welcome the opportunity to partner with FIU to TNVR campus cats.” said Alex Muñoz, director of Miami-Dade Animal Services.