Feline transport to bring dozens of cats, kittens to CASPCA

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Dozens of cats and kittens will be transported from a shelter in Florida to Charlottesville this week.

The Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA is sending a team of staff members to transport more than 90 animals within the week.

It's in partnership with the SPCA Florida, which is located in Polk County.

This shelter is in the largest county in the state and has the highest euthanasia rate there.

Polk County regulations say any neonatal kitten that is brought into the shelter without a mother must be put down.

SPCA Florida has been working with shelters across the country, including CASPCA, and this is the first feline transport to Charlottesville.

"This collaborative effort is the first of many that are underway to help Polk County Animal Control save more lives this year," said Shelley Thayer, the executive director of SPCA Florida.

In the last year, the shelter has adopted out more than 4,000 animals and it hopes to double that this year.

"The CASPCA is proud to open our arms and doors to the cats and kittens whose futures were uncertain," said Angie Gunter, the executive director of CASPCA. "We are only as strong as the community we serve, and we are so grateful that our community continues to support our lifesaving work."

Once the cats and kittens arrive at the CASPCA, they will be examined and have any medical issues addressed, and then will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped as needed before being placed as available for adoption.

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