Published: Sep 07, 2010 3:48 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 07, 2010 12:47 AM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Surprising number out of Collier County. There are an estimated 50,000 to 75,000 stray cats in the county.

Local organizations just received thousands to help keep the population under control, but the money doesn't stretch very far.

The $25,000 grant from Pet Smart will take care of catching, neutering, and releasing 600 felines.

The organizations receiving the money originally thought they would be able to take care of a whole zip code in the county. What they found out is the zip code targeted has such a concentrated population it only allows them to treat a half square mile.

The catch, neuter, and release program is a documented way to keep cat population down. Lee County has been doing it for a few years, but it only became a county ordinance in Collier a few months ago.