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County again will accept stray, unwanted cats

After a year of not accepting stray or unwanted cats, the Lane County Animal Regulation Authority will begin taking them in again on Tuesday.

The county completed construction of a new cattery more than a year ago, but never opened it for lack of funding. To offer the service, LCARA will charge a fee to accept cats.

The cost to take in a cat no longer wanted by its owner will be $40 per cat or $40 per litter of kittens under 4 months old. Dropping off stray or feral cats will cost $20 per cat or $20 per litter.

LCARA also will offer a voluntary licensing service for cats to help return lost felines home more quickly. The $4 fee for an altered adult cat - $8 for an unaltered animal - includes an identification tag. Kittens under 6 months old may be registered for $5. Replacement tags will cost $2.

The county facility will take cats from all areas of the county except within the city limits of Springfield.

LCARA's kennel hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, but the administrative office will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. Call 682-3747 for information.

Springfield, Oakridge plan National Night Out

Springfield and Oakridge will celebrate National Night Out in coming days to encourage neighbors to retake the streets and fight crime.

Springfield Neighborhood Watch, Willamalane and the Springfield Police Department are sponsoring a kickoff party from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Island Park to encourage people to participate in Tuesday's national event.

Police Chief Jerry Smith will speak at Sunday's event, and a local citizen will be presented with the Sean Wilson Good Neighbor Award. There will be games for children, public safety displays, police and fire vehicles, a police dog demonstration and drug prevention information.

People will be encouraged to turn on porch lights, go outside and meet their neighbors on Tuesday, when 10,000 communities across the nation will participate in the 21st annual event.

Oakridge and Westfir are hosting a block party at Greenwaters Park from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday that will include a street dance, fingerprinting and ID kits for children, free food and games. For more information, or to offer assistance, call Oakridge Police Chief Louis Gomez at 782-4232.
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Title Annotation:General News; METRO
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jul 31, 2004
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