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City seeks to register cat colonies and helpers 

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Santa Cruz is stepping up action to deal with the large number of cat colonies in the city.

Discussions are being held with various groups and interested collectives with a view to helping them sterilise and register the animals.

The city council says it has money to assist with this and has granted an extension in the deadline for applications because it says it realises some of the organisations interested in helping need more time to get organised.

A joint protocol is also being drawn up between the council and the groups to set down how such colonies should be dealt with.

“We all share the need for the urban cat colonies in Santa Cruz to be regulated but we understand we must be more flexible within the established deadlines,” said councillor for the environment, Carlos Correa.

The extension of the deadline relates to the registration of colonies of cats in the city and the period available to proceed to their sterilisation.

Nevertheless, he is encouraging any group involved in this issue to make their applications as soon as possible as the pot of 40,000 euros will not be rolled over.

The regulations allow for cat colonies to be officially listed and the identification of every person registered to look after and feed them.