Feral Cats: March 2008 Archives
CHAT has been trying to set up rescue missions only to be denied access to the site of the 2012 Olympics. The Olympic Delivery Authority (O.D.A) said there were only 5 cats on the site, but CHAT has already rescued 150 cats so far! And there are still more to rescue. Those poor feral cats! Their homes have been destroyed by the demolition so pregnant queens, three litters of newborn kittens and lactating moms have been forced further into hiding.
Well it seems like the mayor of Randolph Iowa finally gave in to the public pressure with regards to his 5$ bounty on the local feral cat population. As we indicated earlier, the best way to deal with a feral cat population is to trap, neuter and release them. I'm assuming that the mayor of Randolph got the message finally.
Even though the guy finally dropped the bounty, I truly wonder where this guy's head is at. The very thought of offering money to kill cats is pretty ridiculous. At least he did the right thing in the end.
Special thanks to groups like the Alley Cat Allies for keeping the pressure on this story.
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As some of you may or may not know, the Chinese government is rounding cats up in Beijing and systematically killing them. We've blogged about this before and now we're asking for your help. Sign this form if you believe that it is a barbaric act to kill and in some cases skin cats that are still alive.
The Chinese government has gone as far as telling people that cats are unhealthy and are the cause of many illnesses. The propaganda has gotten so bad that many pet owners have left their cats out in the street to be collected by the Beijing death squads. Don't just sit there, do something about it.
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Fix the humans, and then we've fixed the Feral Cat Problem.
Everyone is talking about what a problem feral cats are. But no one is saying anything about the fact that feral cats were once domestic family pets that one day, the family decided they didn't want.
So how did these feral cats appear in your neighborhoods?
The votes are in! The mayor of Randolph Iowa, Vance Trivley is the winner of the 2008 Town Idiot award!
If you live in Randolph Iowa, you might want to consider keeping your cat nearby or on a cat leash. In what would appear to be a plan that is devoid of intelligence or reason, an Iowa mayor has decided the best way to deal with feral cats in the neighborhood is to offer $5 to any person that can bring a cat in to the local vet. Once there, (if unclaimed) the cat will be put down.
According to a news report on KPTM's website, local residents have been complaining about the issue for some time now. "There's been a cat problem in this town for 11 years," says one local Randolph resident.
What some of the residents and the mayor don't seem to understand in Randolph is that the best way to deal with feral cats is to trap, neuter and release them back to the wild. If they had implemented that plan years ago, they wouldn't be in the situation they are in now. Towns like Knoxville Tennesse are shining models of how you deal with feral cats.
The problem with paying people to return cats to the town is that you're not dealing with the real problem at the root and finally, someone is bound to lose an actual home pet due to mistaken identity.
If you believe that a moron in a hurry could have devised a better plan than the mayor of Iowa, you might consider supporting the Feral Feline Organization.