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The Villages
Saturday, June 15, 2024

Baby kittens are plentiful this time of year

Kitten season is upon us and continues into summer. Unfortunately, there are many fertile feral cats, which means it will not be long before you may come across little kittens.

Sumter County Animal Services has a program called Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) to help stem the feral cat population. In this program, unowned outdoor cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and returned to their outdoor homes. These cats are also “ear-tipped,” which is a visual sign that they have been sterilized and vaccinated. If you have feral cats in your area that are not ear-tipped, you can contact Animal Services to request a trap to be set up on your property.

Microchipping your cat can also help shelters differentiate between lost and feral cats.

Residents are also encouraged not to separate unweaned kittens from their mothers and instead provide resources and support to help keep mother cats and their babies safe until the kittens are eating on their own.

Furthermore, Sumter County’s foster program has proven useful in allowing the kittens and cats that do enter the shelter system to be quickly placed in foster homes for future adoption.

If you are interested in adopting or fostering, visit https://www.sumtercountyfl.gov/adopt or https://www.sumtercountyfl.gov/foster

Checking bias in the news media

A Freedom Pointe resident offers his thoughts on bias in the news. Read his Letter to the Editor.

We need someone younger to represent us in Congress

A Village of Orange Blossom Gardens resident is disgusted with Congressman Webster celebrating the endorsement of former President Trump. She says we need someone younger to represent us in Congress.

Here’s how voters can get around the Developer’s dirty trick

A Village of Dunedin resident offers guidance on how Sumter County voters can get around the Developer’s dirty trick.

Developer’s offspring should change last name to Putin

A Village of St. Charles resident, in a Letter to the Editor, suggests the Developer’s offspring change their last name to “Putin.”

Grateful to write-in candidates

The Sumter County Republican Party chairman writes that she is “grateful” to write-in candidates in the Sumter Commission race.