Feral Cats and my foray into politics....maybe?

Jennifer - posted on 08/26/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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We live in a small town, and the town has a huge feral cat population. I could deal with that, but almost every feral cat in this town has FIV, FIP, or Rhino. Every year we watch hundreds of kittens die horrible deaths due to illness or cars or people so fed up with dealing with all these cats! The cats are centered at the post office, the senior center, the hospital, and a couple apartment complexs downtown. They can and will get into every building, including the diner! There are 5 ladies who take cat food around and feed at all these places. These ladies make no attempt to care for these cats, other than dumping food. The females then produce huge litters,(the better fed a cat, the bigger the litter) and the toms fight epic battles. All the food also attracts possums, raccoons, and skunks, which also get into all the buildings. I know several business owners have told the ladies to stop feeding by their business/apartments, but they have not. I've entered my business twice now and been confronted by a skunk! The town I use to live at had a 'you feed it, it is yours' policy, and 'at large' cats were required to be nuetered. It actually worked pretty well, as the feeders would trap, nueter, test/vaccinate and release.

I am seriously thinking of approaching city counsil about this. Does anyone else have any ideas or suggestions about it? Best way to proceed? Better laws I could look into? Bad things to say? Honestly, I'm wanting to be prepared for the debate, so throw it at me!!

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/26/2011

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Yup, same idea I was gonna give that Kate already did. We use to trap them, check for infectious diseases such has feleuk/fiv/fip. Unfortunately if they did have these diseases, they would be put down. If they did not, we would vaccinate, spay/neuter, and adopt out. Some cats were released back into the wild with a cropped ear (I think left) to let everyone know they have already been tested and fixed.

Jennifer - posted on 08/26/2011

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Thanks Kate, I'm in OK, and actually know a few people from that group and stole a couple ideas from them!

Kate CP - posted on 08/26/2011

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There is a group here in Dallas called Feral Friends http://www.feralfriends.org/ who deals with feral cats. They do a trap and adoption program, a trap, neuter, and release program, and offer education and vaccine help, too. I don't know where you're located but giving them a call may give you some ideas of where to go next.

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