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Community Cats Coalition of Boca Raton ('CCCBR') is a 501c(3) Non-Profit Organization that was started to address the tremendous overpopulation and suffering of free-roaming kittens and cats in Boca Raton, Florida.
The majority of cats go unseen in the daytime as they generally are nocturnal and avoid human contact. With an estimated figure of over 800,000 feral cats (now legally defined as ‘Community Cats’) in Palm Beach County alone, it is of utmost importance that the residents of Boca Raton unite to implement proven humane strategies to reduce these numbers in our City. “Love them or loathe them” it does not matter, residents must join together to help stop the prolific reproduction utilizing the only proven successful and effective approach for Community Cat management: 'TNVR' - Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return.
In 2014, the Board of County Commissioners of Palm Beach County unanimously voted against continuing the outdated, ineffective and cruel ‘Catch and Kill’. They adopted a new official County program, ‘Countdown to Zero’, presented by Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control and Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. One program objective was to provide a strategic plan to save the lives of at-risk animals (Cats) in our Community and to prevent the births of unwanted animals utilizing ‘TNVR’. This followed the 2013 Florida Senate - Legislative Action Amendment (SB 674) where Governor Rick Scott signed a Bill and declared it the “public policy of the State that every feasible means be used to reduce the incidence of birth of unneeded and unwanted puppies and kittens.” The Governor endorsed Community involvement, supporting “Released in field/Trapped, Neutered, Released (TNR)” for this critical Cat overpopulation public issue.
The plight of our Community Cats is NO fault of their own ... it is a TRAGIC SITUATION created by people that commit animal cruelty by illegally abandoning unsterilized kittens and cats as well as cat owners who allow their unsterilized pets to roam outside. Involving our entire Community will be the ONLY way this overpopulation and suffering can be resolved. Residents are continually seeing kittens and cats in yards, streets, rental apartments, office buildings, open spaces and at various commercial properties.
Our organization has been carrying out the County ordained ‘TNVR’ (Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return) in targeted locations and as we do so, we are educating residents from young to old on how to prevent future generations of free-roaming Cats in Boca Raton. 'CCCBR' has already established a 6 year proven record of success in neighborhood ‘TNVR’ cat colonies that we feed, monitor and give love to on a daily basis.
WE WANT TO ACHIEVE PEACEFUL CO-EXISTANCE BETWEEN RESIDENTS AND OUR COMMUNITY CATS AND STOP THE CRUELTY.
Removing cats from an area does not solve the problem, for as long as there are humans, there will be free-roaming cats. It is ILLEGAL for commercial trappers or residents to trap Community Cats for any purpose other than ‘TNVR’. Trapping for removal and abandonment in other locations is animal cruelty and punishable as a FELONY!
The Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control Ordinance 98-22 is very clear: It is illegal for commercial trappers or residents to trap a cat for any purpose other than the Palm Beach County ordained trap, neuter, vaccinate, and return ('TNVR'). Return means to the place where it was trapped and not to any other place. Dumping them and abandoning them to a different location is animal cruelty and a criminal offense.
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All photos of kittens and cats in this website are from colonies in Boca Raton that 'CCCBR' supports!