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Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Cat Cafes Launch Collaboration With SPCA Florida And Florida Southern College

LAKELAND, Fla., Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SPCA Florida announced today a formal collaboration with Florida Southern College (FSC) to create the first Community Cat Cafe project, an effort that addresses the issue of un-owned cats living on the college campus. Approximately 100 community cats live across the FSC campus, which is also home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright designed building structures in the world. Left un-checked, un-owned community cats will continue to breed and create more homeless cats.

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"Science tells us that managing community cats through humane trap-neuter-return programs is solution-oriented to limiting cat populations and we know that trapping cats and euthanizing them at shelters only creates a vacuum in the local ecosystem to attract more cats," SPCA Florida CEO Sean Hawkins said.

FSC volunteers have taken on the responsibility of feeding the cats consistently at designated locations on campus so the cats become accustomed to a feeding schedule.

"Once the cats are acclimated to being fed at regular locations, our teams will humanely trap the cats who will then be examined, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and permanently identified by SPCA Florida veterinarians. The cats will be returned back into their environment where they will continue to be cared for at specially designed feeding stations," according to Hawkins.

" Jeff Baker of Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects of Albany, N.Y., has designed the feeding stations in Frank Lloyd Wright-style architecture to blend aesthetically with the historic buildings on campus," said Terry Dennis, FSC's vice president of operations, who is working with Rodda Construction Inc. to build the Cat Cafes at six locations at FSC. "FSC is excited to collaborate with SPCA Florida to humanely control and manage cat populations on campus. We are always concerned for safety of people at FSC but this joint effort demonstrates our commitment to compassion toward animals as well," according to Dennis. "We hope the Cat Cafe project is successful so that other communities can replicate the program."

Private donations are supporting SPCA Florida's trap-neuter-return program at FSC and the design and building materials for the Cat Cafe feeding stations are being provided by FSC. FSC staff and faculty will provide the ongoing care and feeding of the cats.

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