Published: Sep 17, 2010 11:32 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 17, 2010 7:56 PM EDT

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - The fur was flying over a cat controversy in Punta Gorda, but it seems all has been resolved.

Fishermen's Village is a popular tourist hot spot, so naturally, it has a lot of attractions.

"We have a 114 slip marina, 37 shops and restaurants, and a 47 unit timeshare," says Fishermen's Village General Manager Patti Allen.

It also has dozens of feral cats.

"I think it's out of hand when you have 100 cats with no home," says Punta Gorda resident Bob Hillier.

The management wanted to do something about about the feral felines.

"When you have a population that is too many cats," says Allen, "you have to reduce them and that is our intent."

But cat-lovers were worried "reducing" the cats meant killing them.

"I'd hate to see any healthy animal euthanized because of a situation like this," Hiller told WINK News.

The perception that cats would be killed purposely upset Allen. "I have been very disheartened to hear some of the public outcry. It is not my intention to destroy any cats."

So the Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary, or EARS, stepped forward Friday and volunteered to take the cats, sparing their lives, but ending their decades-long residence at Fishermen's Village.

Even though they won't be killed, some business owners like Beverly Beauvais want the cats to stay put.

"We want them here and some people that come here, come here to see the cats."

While they may be a nuisance to some, Punta Gorda resident Pat Thorton says they do have a practical side.

"I for one am all for them because I think you'd rather have cats than rats."

Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary says the cats will be spayed and neutered and put up for adoption.

If you'd like to find out how to donate or adopt, visit the EARS homepage here.