FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Fort Wayne’s Department of Animal Care & Control is launching a program to help cats that roam neighborhoods. The program started after a new ordinance was signed into law by Mayor Tom Henry.
The program, Community Cats, takes outdoor free roaming cats and evaluates and returns them to communities with identification as a Community Cat. To celebrate the start of the program, Animal Care & Control is offering $10 microchipping for pets through their partner agencies HOPE for Animals and Allen County SPCA.
A Community Cat has been evaluated and sterilized by a licensed veterinarian, ear tipped, vaccinated for rabies, microchipped, documented and released back into the area from where it was captured. When a cat can be identified as a Community Cat, it can be exempt from the legal hold period.
Animal Care & Control said residents who are worried about their cat being mistaken for a Community Cat should make sure their animal has proper identification. It also suggests pets receive pet microchips that can identify the owners if a pet is ever lost.