PetSmart charities grant helps curb stray cat problems in Sevier County

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Sevier County Humane Society has a new grant to help curb the number of stray cats in the Kodak area.

The Humane Society says Kodak is the area where they get the most complaints about stray cats. So a new grant from PetSmart Charities is help spay and neuter cats to cut down on overpopulation problems.

"Prevention is the key and that's why we're focusing in that area and then we can move out," said Sherry Hagmeier with Sevier County Humane Society. "These free-roaming cats, these indoor/outdoor cats, they tend to form colonies and tend to reproduce and reproduce," she said. "And a lot of people today are feeding these outside cats."

Right now the grant is to spay and neuter cats in the Kodak zip code and a five mile area around that. Hagmeier says there are other programs to help outside of Kodak -- and there are even programs for dogs.

"It is a big problem it's a problem around the country and in these rural areas," said Hagmeier."Cats come into these colonies and have more kittens. We know we can't fix all the pet problems in Sevier County but we can fix all the pets and that's really what we're trying to do."

You can call the Humane Society at (865) 453-7000 to find out about how to get help in your neighborhood.

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