Stone County SPCA receives grant

Two feral cats from a colony in Perkinston are trapped and ready to be spayed or neutered. They will return to where they lived but no longer be able to reproduce. Spayed and neutered community cats can be recognized by a notch cut on the tips of their ear.

The Stone County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, along with the Stone County Community Cat Society, received a $5,000 grant from the Grant A. and Gertrude W. Wilson Animal Welfare Fund recently

The fund is part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

The grant is for spaying and neutering community cats to keep their offspring from entering the shelter.

If you have a free roaming community cat that needs spaying or neutering, please contact the Stone County Community Cat Society through their website –, or contact the Stone County SPCA animal shelter at 601-928-1930 weekdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“The overpopulation of feral and community cats is a huge problem in Stone County,” said Charlotte Batson, President of the Stone County Community Cat Society. “We are grateful to the Wilson Fund for granting us assistance in spaying and neutering these cats.”

The proliferation of feral cats is an annual problem.

“Each spring the shelter quickly fills with unwanted cats and kittens,” said Katie Stonnington, President of the Stone County SPCA. “We refer to this as kitten season. We hope to spay and neuter as many cats as possible before this spring to help decrease the number of cats in need.’”

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