In an effort to control the growing population of unowned cats in Delray Beach, Florida, City Commissioner Juli Casale spearheaded an initiative to spay/neuter and vaccinate the cats that roam free. The city set $25,000 aside from its general fund to make this initiative possible.
Casale told Newsweek that she adopted her two cats after finding them on the street, which was her motivation to move the initiative, which is formally known as the Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return program, forward.
“I have two cats who would otherwise be on the street if I hadn’t picked them up,” she said. “I look at them and reflect on what their lives would have been like.”