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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Pima County Board voted unanimously to implement a new feral cat program designed to control the population growth and eliminate the need for euthanasia in many cases.

Right now, the county euthanizes 1,600 feral cats annually but the population continues to grow.

Under the program approved today, the county will trap 15,000 feral cats over the next three years.

The cats will be neutered and released back in the area where they were captured.

It's hoped by neutering the animals, it will eliminate the many litters of kittens which flood animal control and the community every year.

The program will cover $1.5 million over the three years, $900,000 which will come from a grant from Best Friends.

Pima County has embarked on a goal of making the Pima Animal Care Center a no kill shelter.

The goal with the feral cats is to cut the euthanasia rate by 35 percent annually in the targeted areas.

The animals will also be tested and vaccinated to make sure they do not spread disease.

The county was told the trap, sterilize and release programs have decreased the number of cats euthanized in other cities.

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