Pictured: Jerry Rothenberg, President of Ocean Isle Property Owners Association giving a check from the OIPOA to Janie Withers, President of Paws-Ability
Ocean Isle Property Owners Association and the Town of Ocean isle Beach have joined with Paws-Ability (some Paws-Ability members have directed their donations toward this particular program) in assisting with the cost of operating a spay/neuter program for feral cats on Ocean Isle Beach. Run by volunteers, the spay/neuter or TNR (trap-neuter-release) program is a proven method of controlling the population of these cats. The cats were once domesticated animals, but abandoned or lost by their humans and forced to live their lives fending for themselves. Without a spay/neuter program, problems arise due to the overpopulation of the cats and with overpopulation, may come disease for the animals. The spay/neuter program assists with not only population control, but each cat receives a rabies and distemper shot. Feral cats help to control rodent and snakes on the island. With assistance from the Property Owners Association and the Town of Ocean Isle Beach, this community seems to be making good use of their monetary resources to make life better for both the people and the animals of Ocean Isle Beach.