Originally posted on facebook April 15, 2011
Several years ago, the Salina ACO trapped 30 cats at a Galeville residence and took them to the SPCA, where most were likely killed. This was supposed to solve the overpopulation problem in that area. Earlier this week, AAGS received a call from the owner of that same residence saying the ACO referred her to us because there are now 24 more cats at this residence!
This is highly interesting on two counts. First, the Board informed us mere weeks ago when we again offered to handle their cat problems free of charge, thus saving the taxpayers money and freeing the ACO to concentrate on dogs, that they couldn’t possibly delegate Town responsibilities to an outside agency. Second, the ACO seems to finally be admitting that TRAP AND KILL DOESN’T WORK to control overpopulation, which is what we have been saying for, ummm, years!
AAGS is currently assessing this site, and feeding the cats at the same time each day. Soon we will set out traps that are fastened open and put food in and around them so the cats are not frightened of them. We hope to bring in more traps on one day and catch the majority of them at once. Once they have been sterilized and vaccinated, we will assess the colony, and the friendly ones will hopefully find furr-ever homes. The ferals will return to the area to act as placeholders, preventing more new cats from moving in.
Over a period of time, if we can continue to work in this area, the cat population there will dwindle. It is the perfect opportunity to show that TNR is indeed the answer.