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Washington, D.C., Is Counting All Its Cats. It Will Take 3 Years And $1.5 Million

The nation's capital has a cat problem. And the first step toward fixing it, apparently, is to quantify it.
A coalition of groups in Washington, D.C., are attempting to count the cats in the District. Source: Jean Flanagan

Counting cats, much like herding them, is a complicated proposition.

But a coalition of groups in Washington, D.C., is giving it a shot.

PetSmart Charities, the Humane Society, the Humane Rescue Alliance and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are collaborating on a project called the D.C.

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