TAVARES – Lake County Commissioner Leslie Campione, in conjunction with Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders, will host a community meeting regarding the potential implementation of a cat trap, neuter and return (TNR) program, from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18 at the Lake County Agricultural Center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.
TNR is a program through which stray cats are humanely trapped, sterilized and vaccinated. In most cases they are returned to the outdoor locations where they were found, provided that an individual or group takes a level of responsibility for the cat’s health and welfare, thereby potentially reducing the population of stray cats.
“I felt it would be extremely valuable to get input from people in the community who are interested in the topic and may have knowledge of how the program has been implemented in other areas,” said Commissioner Campione.
During the Dec. 16, 2014 Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Board authorized moving forward with public discussions regarding a potential TNR program. If a new TNR ordinance is passed by the Board, the law would be enforced by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, which also runs the Animal Shelter.
Community input is welcome during the meeting, which will be moderated by county and Sheriff’s Office officials.