Humane hero

Humane hero

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UGA staff member Kelly Bettinger made it into the top 10 in Animal Planet’s Cat Hero of the Year contest. Bettinger, collections manager for UGA’s Herbarium, helped found Campus Cats, a program that strives to humanely reduce the number of homeless cats on campus by trapping, sterilizing and vaccinating feral cats. After receiving care, feral cats are released back into familiar surroundings and assigned a caretaker; tame cats and kittens are adopted into caring homes. As of Oct. 1, 76 percent of the cats on campus had been trapped, neutered and released.