January Letter to Council, Mayor, and Manager
January 4, 2021
Dear Council, Mayor and Manager, We can all agree that 2020 has been a year like no other! Despite the pandemic and its lockdowns, Palm Beach Island Cats has continued without fail to care for and control our community cat population as well as respond to all citizen concerns. Our work maintains the quality of life we all enjoy on Palm Beach Island and is invisible because of how well we do what we do. PALM BEACH ISLAND CATS MISSION STATEMENTPBIC prevents future generations of homeless cats by implementing the humane practice of Trap, Neuter and Return.PBIC maintains the current population through daily feeding, watering, and providing medical care as needed.PBIC responds to all citizens’ concerns to achieve peaceful coexistence between our Town’s cats and residents.
- Palm Beach Island Cats (PBIC) had only 23 kittens born from our 322 adult cats in 2020, and they were all socialized and adopted into homes (15 of them came from one house).
- We use high-quality food and feed and water nightly, rain or shine.
- We used 9,100 lbs. of dry food and 30,896 cans of wet food during 2020.
- Having all Island cats neutered leads to peaceful nights in our neighborhoods.
- 38 new cats were neutered.
- We continue to face new fertile cats being dumped here. A family this year started with 2 cats and in 6 months they became 19 cats. To control the population, we must remain vigilant.
- Cats are largely invisible due to our late-night feeding.
- PBIC is now a mature TNR organization which means our cat population is almost all seniors and the population continues to drop due to attrition. This is what all TNR groups strive for and few achieve.
- Our goal is all cats living safely in houses. Our program is the only humane way to achieve it.
We handle between 5 to 12 calls a day on everything from food deliveries, cats that need medical attention. cat prints on Rolls or Porsche, the appearance of kittens, DOA cats, rogue feeders making a mess, and resident/cat conflicts. Patricia Kinion, our Field Director is a master at navigating these difficult tasks and putting out fires. Our feeding team has been with us from the beginning 12 years ago and does a stellar job, all before dawn and residents wake up. We thank the Town of Palm Beach for your unwavering support which has allowed us to show the success a TNR program can achieve. Sincerely, David LeavittPresident, Palm Beach Island Cats