Lee County Domestic Animal Services in Fort Myers, Fla. has been chosen as one of five participants in our Future Five: Shelter Partners to Save Cats’ Lives grant program. The program is designed to move animal shelters away from killing feral cats and help them adopt and expand humane programs for cats, including Trap-Neuter-Return for cats who live outdoors and are not socialized.

The Future Five program recognizes five shelters across the United States that have made a commitment to adopt humane approaches for cats. Each of the shelters chosen for the Future Five grant program will receive an award of $5,000 and expert guidance and resources from Alley Cat Allies.

We chose Lee County Domestic Animal Services because the shelter has a proven commitment to saving cats’ lives and needed our support to have an even greater impact and improve save rates for adoptable cats. The shelter started a TNR program in 2009, and the grant will also help expand this program.

“We are certainly appreciative to have the guidance and support of Alley Cat Allies to strengthen our policies and programs that serve our mission for higher live release rates of stray animals,” says Donna Ward, animal services director of Lee County Domestic Animal Services.

Read the press release.