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Options for feral cat control

February 1, 2016

There are options for residents who are dealing with a roaming cat problem. Many roaming cats are feral cats that live off of pet food left out by residents. Do not leave any cat or dog food out on patios or porches overnight or for extended periods of time. Put out an animal trap and capture cats that wander into yards. Trapped cats can then be turned over to an animal care officer.

Cats with identification tags will be returned to their owners, who may face penalties, including a $35 impound fee; a $35 state penalty fee if the cat is unaltered; a $15 vaccination fee; a $10 fee for a rabies shot if a rabies certificate isn't presented; a $25 microchip fee if the cat is not microchipped; and $15 per day for boarding and care.

Residents are encouraged to outfit their cat with a collar and an ID tag that includes the owner's name, address and telephone number. A microchip is also helpful and greatly increases the chance that a cat will be returned safely if found.

The City of Cerritos contracts for animal control services with Long Beach Animal Care Services Bureau. The Bureau's officers will not go on private property to trap or impound stray cats, but they will loan traps to Cerritos residents after a refundable deposit is paid. The traps are available at the Bureau's shelter at 7700 East Spring Street in Long Beach. If no traps are available, residents may call the City's Community Safety Division at (562) 916-1266 for further assistance. Residents can also call the City's Community Safety Division to report animal problems. City staff will then forward the information to Long Beach Animal Care Services Bureau.

For more information, contact Long Beach Animal Care Services Bureau at (562) 570-7387.

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