efe-epaBy Alberto Domingo Miami

The proliferation of ownerless cats on the streets of Miami, a city with some 400,000 such strays, has led the Miami-Dade County's Pet Adoption and Protection Center to ask for volunteers to collect the felines.

The Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (ASD) is pursuing an initiative - the Tip the Trapper Initiative - to help humanely manage the county's stray cat population. Volunteer cat trappers will receive $15 per eligible cat that they bring in to be vaccinated, spayed and "ear-tipped" by ASD, meaning that the tip of the left ear is clipped off to alert authorities in the future that the cat has already been properly processed.