Palm Beach Island Cats’ mission is to prevent future generations of free-roaming cats and to care for the ones here now.
Many remember leaving Taboo and Petite Marmite with leftovers and being confronted with hungry, begging cats on Worth Avenue. At night, fighting cats woke us up. We had more than 1,000 cats and hundreds of kittens were born every summer.
This year only 15 kittens were born. They were domesticated and adopted into homes and the mothers were trapped, vaccinated, micro-chipped, neutered and returned to their colonies.
Interestingly people now say, “We don’t see cats. There is no problem.” Our cats aren’t seen because we feed them in 71 hidden locations at 3 AM when no people are around. Why? We do this because during the day they are more at risk for harm. We return and clean up each feeding station to ensure each colony is getting adequate food but no excess food is left to attract varmints.
Our program is the most successful in the country. The cats are the healthiest they have ever been due to daily feeding with a high quality, grain-free food. The noisy breeding behavior has been replaced by quiet nights. The population has dropped to 550 cats. Sadly, we continue to have cats dumped here, and this year we trapped and neutered 51 cats.
We are the only charity working here on the Island 365 days a year, rain or shine. All donated money is spent here making Palm Beach a better place to live.
Financially we are surviving but have no reserve funds. Our work costs $240,000 a year and we receive no government funds. This work must continue indefinitely if we want to avoid the problems of the past. The only way to assure our success rate is if residents shift some of their charitable giving from national organizations that do not work here, to Palm Beach Island Cats.
It is my hope that those generous residents with foundations will contact me so we can apply for a grant and keep Palm Beach the wonderful and peaceful place we all love.
David Leavitt, President
Palm Beach Island Cats