Valley must address stray cat problem | Logan Hj

To the editor:

I am really concerned about the number of stray cats in Cache Valley. Four Paws Rescue and Cache Humane Society are both now no-kill which results in a longer length of stay for many animals. Any opening is filled immediately and there remains a long waiting list. The numerous calls for assistance continue non-stop. On average, Four Paws receives over 20 calls a week from people who have found stray cats or kittens and can’t (or won’t) keep them. We have a big problem in this valley. These two rescues now take care of approximately 200 cats and kittens. In order to stop this flow of excess felines, we need to take a new approach. Maybe if local government would step forward to fund a no cost spay/neuter/vaccination program, we could slow down the number of kitten births. Unfortunately, many cat owners do not spay and neuter then give away millions of free kittens which also aren’t spayed or neutered. Often, when people get a free kitten, they have fun with it for awhile then get tired of the animal and turn it loose. These little guys wander into people’s yards and try to get into unfamiliar houses (or they are killed). This is when the calls for help start. It would also help if government became involved in requiring cats be licensed as dogs are. There has to be a better way.

In addition, there is also the problem of the feral cats and kittens who want to have nothing to do with people. Doesn’t it make more sense for animal control to trap, neuter and release these animals rather than trap, impound and euthanize them? I believe trap, neuter, release costs less than trap, impound and euthanize. Many cities have implemented these programs and found them to be effective in keeping the population under control while allowing the cats to keep the rodent population in check. Unfortunately, birds…

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