Back in the late 1990s, Carl Jones, maintenance manager at the Los Angeles Flower Mart, frequently heard screams from vendors and customers. It usually meant they’d spotted rats, searching the aisles for tasty carnation seeds. Staff had tried for decades to get rid of the rats, but in 1999, after just two months, four cats succeeded where they had failed.
A decade ago, Lisa Tudor, executive director of IndyFeral, never imagined that she’d one day be working with Indianapolis Animal Care & Control to help save the feral cats who live around the municipal shelter.
Her nonprofit group “had been doing TNR in the city, and we knew that there had been cats on the [shelter’s] property forever,” says Tudor. “We had tried before [to get permission to TNR the cats], but it never went anywhere.”
Eight core volunteers run Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare (CCFAW), a Daytona Beach, Fla., nonprofit formed in 2000 to promote and fund spay/neuter for pets in Volusia County. Over the years, some of the group’s volunteers have also worked outside the organization to trap and sterilize community cats. So when the city of Port Orange Police Department asked for help solving a “cat problem” at an elementary school, CCFAW had the experience to offer a humane solution.