In most neighborhoods, nobody quite knows how many cats may be roaming freely. That’s why the┬áHumane Rescue Alliance, the Humane Society of the United States, PetSmart Charities and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute want to spend $1.5 million over the next three years to identify all the strays in Washington D.C.

The goal is to help animal control workers identify exactly how many feral cats may be around so they can know how much spaying and neutering they may need to do after trapping cats. The ultimate goal is to make sure there aren’t too many feral cats around to hurt birds. Eventually, if animal control workers can get the population of feral cats down, they can increase the chances that most cats will find a forever home.

To read about this three-year, $1.5 million dollar program to count cats, click here.