Cat Trap Fever: The best of the bad options for feral cats?

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Raggedy Ann, a calico cat trapped and homed with her four kittens. Photo: Dana Gentry

One every six minutes, seven days a week, eight hours a day.  That’s the rate at which the Lied Animal Shelter euthanized cats in 2009. Seventy-five a day, upwards of 27,000 a year, according to Keith Williams, founder of the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County — C5 for short. The vast majority of those killed were feral or free-roaming cats, many left behind by their owners during the recession.

Since then, thanks to an epiphany by shelter administration and government officials that trapping, sterilizing and returning cats to their outdoor colonies has more potential of breaking the cycle of overpopulation than mass euthanasia, the killing has plummeted.

Last year, the shelter euthanized fewer than four cats a day.  In December, the shelter put down just 66 cats the entire month, a record low.

That’s freed up cage space for other animals, allowing Lied to hold more dogs for adoption, reduce their euthanasia rate, and save close to $1 million annually in food and other costs. 

“Trapping, neutering and releasing is responsible for 90 percent of the progress on the cat side, while mandatory spay and neuter brought down the dog numbers,” says Williams.

Lesser of two evils? 

Trapping, neutering and releasing (TNR), a process that involves rounding up all, or almost all of the cats in a colony, sterilizing, vaccinating and returning them to their outdoor homes, isn’t perfect.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are among its most vociferous opponents and liken the process to abandonment.

“The average lifespan of a cat who lives outdoors is just 1 to 5 years, compared to 12 to 20 years for a cat who lives indoors,” PETA’s website says. “Instead of being adopted into loving homes or painlessly euthanized, abandoned cats suffer terribly and often die slowly from deadly contagious diseases, painful injuries, parasite infestations, dehydration, exposure, attacks by predators (including cruel people), and more.”

“They won’t die comfortably in someone’s arms; they will die badly,” PETA’s president Ingrid Newkirk told the Washington Post in 2014.  “It’s no kindness; it’s because people feel uncomfortable with euthanasia. That’s understandable, but it’s no excuse.”

But given a choice between bad options, many experts agree, TNR reduces populations, saves lives and taxpayer money.

Boulder City, a holdout in the TNR movement, adopted an ordinance in 2017 permitting the process.  Last week the shelter received a $25,000 grant from Maddie’s Fund, a Lake Tahoe based organization that assists shelters in reducing euthanasia.

In Washoe County and Reno, cats are allowed to run at large.

A report authored by Washoe Animal Control says the department found “approximately 90% of people reporting a concern with feral cats would rather handle this problem through a non-lethal program.”

But not in Henderson, says acting Animal Control director Danielle Harney.

A premier community

“The City of Henderson prides themselves on being a premier community. The laws reflect the standards the community wants to live by,” says Harney.

In Southern Nevada, where the free-roaming cat population is estimated at 200,000, the Henderson City Council, which runs the second largest city in the state, refuses to allow TNR. City law requires anyone who traps a cat in Henderson to turn it in to Animal Control to be evaluated for adoption — an almost certain death sentence for feral cats.

Harney says she has no idea of the scope of the feral cat problem and admits the city has no plan for managing the herd.

“We euthanize them,” she says of the Henderson shelter, which just proclaimed itself to be no-kill, meaning no more than ten percent of animals taken in are euthanized.

Henderson Mayor Debra March and other members of the city council declined to be interviewed for this story.

“Their position is the cats are a horrible scourge on the landscape, so the only answer is to take them to the shelter and have them euthanized,” says Williams with C5. “But they don’t go out and actively trap.”

But killing the occasional cat or two brought in by residents will have little impact on preventing breeding in the colony, experts say. In the same vein, trapping, neutering and releasing just a few cats is equally ineffective. Successful TNR, they say, requires between 71 and 94 percent of all cats in the colony be sterilized.

“The effort to eradicate homeless cats is not only an inhumane and costly approach, it also is futile,” says the website of Best Friends, a non-profit facilitating TNR for the Lied shelter. “If killing community cats were the solution, free-roaming cats would be eliminated by now. In fact, catching and killing one group of community cats simply opens that niche for another group of cats.”

Keeping score 

“We trap colonies, not cats, ” says Williams. C5, has trapped, neutered and released more than 35,000 cats since 2010.  The Lied Shelter has TNR’d 7,000 since 2015. Intake and euthanasia rates have plummeted at Lied in that time, but not at Henderson’s shelter.

Since 2014, the cat euthanasia rate at Lied has dropped from 55 to 18 percent.  In the same time, the cat euthanasia rate at Henderson’s shelter has hovered around 30 percent, with the city putting down an average of 330 cats each of the last three years – an increase over a decade ago when the city euthanized 250 cats in 2009.

“With those kind of numbers, they are not a player,” says Williams. “Trapping goes to the source of the problem, rather than having to clean up a disaster after it happens, which is where Henderson is headed.”

Henderson officials failed to explain the disposition of hundreds of stray cats a year impounded but not accounted for in the shelter’s euthanasia statistics.  (See table below) 

A female cat has as many as three litters of four kittens, on average, a year.

“So 200,000 intact cats in the valley, and half are female.  Each will have a litter of about four kittens this spring. That’s 400,000 kittens,” says Williams, a retired engineer with no background in animal welfare.  “Half will die before they are two months old. Ninety percent will die by the time they are a year. Still, that’s 40,000 kittens from just the first litter of the year.  The Henderson shelter euthanizes a couple hundred a year. If they were really doing trap and euthanize, they couldn’t be no kill. It’s impossible. Instead, they are doing nothing.”

“What I can tell you, the numbers coming in don’t reflect that kind of growth,” says Harney.

That may be because until recently, Henderson officials “looked the other way,” Williams said, allowing C5 and other trapping groups to venture into Henderson.

“We’ve trapped at 93 different locations in Henderson and TNR’d 570 cats,” Williams said. “The government didn’t want to pass an ordinance legalizing TNR, but said ‘we aren’t going to pester you if you do it.’ But since last year they’ve gotten increasingly hostile.”

Best Friends, the non-profit running TNR efforts at Lied, turns down requests from Henderson residents to assist with TNR in Henderson, for fear of losing its license. because the law prohibits TNR in Henderson.

It costs twice as much to trap and euthanize a cat as it does to TNR, says Best Friends, citing research that estimates the cost of TNR from $20 to $97 per cat and impounding and lethal injection from $52 to $123. 

Lied receives grants to help cover the costs. 

Harney, the Henderson acting Animal Control director, doesn’t know the cost of euthanizing a cat in Henderson.

“You have the drugs. You also have the technician, as well as time and training as well as overall costs to maintain the crematorium,” she says. “We have a $139,000 budget.  We make that budget work regardless of how many animals we get into the shelter.”

Harney say the city contracts with Black Mountain Animal Hospital, whose doctors work for free after the city’s budget runs out.

Heaven Can Wait, a non-profit, low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Las Vegas, has sterilized and vaccinated more than 140,000 dogs and cats in the last decade.  C5, which has TNR’d more than 35,000 cats, runs on donations, volunteer trappers and veterinarians, who donate their services at Heaven Can Wait for mass sterilization events coordinated by C5.

“You can get volunteers all day long to save cats,” says Williams, who spoke with the Current during a four hour clinic at Heaven Can Wait during which 100 trapped cats were sterilized and vaccinated.  All were headed back where they came from within a few days.

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Cats in traps at Heaven Can Wait, a non-profit, low-cost spay neuter clinic in Las Vegas. Photo: Dana Gentry

“No policy beyond euthanizing”

In the City and County of Elko, which share animal control responsibilities, feral cats are euthanized the same day they are brought to the shelter, which lacks the space to house the animals long enough to conduct adequate behavioral evaluations, according to experts, who say the process takes days.

“They aren’t killed right away,” says Connie Manley, a longtime animal control officer for the Elko County Sheriff’s department. “They give them a couple of hours to calm down.”

In 2016 the shelter took in and euthanized 305 feral cats; 336 in 2017; and 325 in 2018.

“The problem is massive,” says Manley. “I joke that I’m going to wake up with cats hanging over the edge of our roofs.  There is no policy for managing them beyond euthanizing.”

Manley says the city has a ordinance “like a leash law, but it’s very difficult to enforce.”

Back in 2004, Manley says she spent an entire weekend trapping, neutering and releasing cats in Jackpot, about 100 miles from Elko.

“It was a lot of work.  I lined up vets from out of town,” she says. “But the community dropped the ball and didn’t keep up with the trapping. I would do anything to reduce the numbers we have now.”

“If you TNR an entire colony and walk away for five years, it’s as if you were never there,” says Williams, noting the long-term commitment required to make TNR successful.

“We only trap for colony caretakers who are taking care of the cats and want those cats back,” says Williams, noting that caregivers must vigilantly watch for newcomers to the colony.

An ounce of prevention

TNR provides only limited protection against rabies, say its detractors.

“No management system for feral cats currently existing in any city under which these cats are allowed to roam freely can guarantee that the cats remain effectively vaccinated for the many diseases that may infect cats, including rabies, because of the need to vaccinate at periodic intervals.” the City of Henderson said in a statement to the Current.

Dr. Terry Muratore of Legacy Animal Hospital in Henderson, says one dose is highly preferable to none.  He says Henderson officials would be wise to allow TNR and the feeding of feral colonies. Muratore says colonies of starving, sick felines are far more of a threat to humans than robust, well-fed cats.

Kittens in peril 

Another drawback of TNR — the potential to temporarily deprive kittens of their mother.

“If a doctor tells us a cat just had kittens, we have to hold it for 24 hours so the anesthesia wears off, but we will take that cat back as soon as it’s safe,” says Williams. Spayed cats are usually able to continue nursing.

Henderson’s policy of trapping and euthanizing leaves undiscovered kittens at even more peril, since their mother will never return.

Environmental menace? 

Perhaps the greatest objection to feral cats worldwide is their potential to prey on wildlife. A study by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute estimates that free-roaming cats kill up to 22 billion birds a year.

“First, we need to identify the areas where cats pose the greatest risk—to biodiversity and to human health—and are in the greatest danger themselves,” said one of the authors of the study, Dr. Peter Marra, in an interview.  “Cats need to be removed from these areas immediately. Once they’re removed, they can be adopted, put in a sanctuary or, as a last resort, euthanized,”

“There is no credible scientific study that shows cats to be a significant threat to birds,” Gregory Castle, interim chief executive officer for Best Friends Animal Society, said in 2010. “Songbird decline is mainly due to loss of habitat due to deforestation, urbanization and development, as well as window collisions (especially with high rise glass buildings), wind turbine generators, common pesticides and lawn care products.”

“These cats are really terrible hunters,” says Williams of C5.  “When you talk about their natural prey, there’s just not that much here. Probably very few are surviving on rats, mice, birds and lizards.”

The irony, according to advocates of TNR, is that prohibiting the practice results in more cats preying on wildlife.

Opponents of TNR contend cats become reliant on their caregivers, who sometimes move or die.

“When people have to move, the first thought is ‘what am I going to do? These cats are going to starve to death,’” says Williams. “What we’ve found is these cats are pretty resourceful. Most aren’t eating at one place. Most of the time they were eating before you started feeding them and they’ll find food after you stop.”

Shelter-shaming

Williams says animal shelters are unfairly saddled with solving pet overpopulation issues.

“Overpopulation shouldn’t be a shelter problem,” says Williams. “It’s a community problem.  The shelter should be an afterthought, a redundancy. It’s the population outside the shelter that needs to be on the radar screen.”

Lied Animal Shelter Cat Intake and Euthanasia

YearIntakeStraysEuthanized
20187,6091,9961,323
20177,4902,1281,918
20168,6833,0643,055
201511,6225,8436,358
201412,9456,6348,430

Henderson Shelter Cat Intake and Euthanasia

YearIntakeStraysEuthanized
20181,696980264
20171,8811,129388
20161,525879338

Author’s disclosure:

Objectivity is harder to come by on some stories than others.  This is one of them.

I suppose I have been a Crazy Cat Lady since childhood. In 2017, I became a cat trapper.  A reluctant cat trapper, but a cat trapper, nonetheless.

Upon learning of the Henderson prohibition on TNR, I even unsuccessfully lobbied my city councilman and the mayor to change the law.  Given the clients, it was unpaid work.

Suffice to say the bounty of my summer-long effort – four kittens and their mother, Raggedy Ann, a kitten herself – were illegally trapped, neutered, but never returned to the parking lot behind the Henderson grocery store where they came from.  Today they remain the joy of my mother, another in a long line of Crazy Cat Ladies.

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.

29 COMMENTS

  1. Unfortunately your bias towards TNR and feral cats is showing blatantly. You seem to be able to ask questions of Henderson officials, yet you simply take Williams and Castle’s words that what they say is true. At best, it is only half true. At worst it is an outright falsehood backed up solely by wishful thinking. There is so much misinformation here it is hard to know where to begin.

    ” Successful TNR, they say, requires between 71 and 94 percent of all cats in the colony be sterilized.”

    Not quite. First of all, “successful” MUST be defined as significantly reducing a population. Only this can be considered success. Reduced shelter intake and reduced euthanasia are nice, but they do not define success. You got the percentages correct, but you either did not read or do not understand the study from which they came (Foley, Foley, Levy, Paik 2005 – Analysis of the impact of trap-neuter-return programs on populations of feral cats). First of all, they are not referring to a single colony. They are referring to all feral cats over a wide area. Second and more importantly, you must spay/neuter 71% to 94% of the cats over a wide area in a single year just to stop population GROWTH. If you want to REDUCE the population, you’ve got to spay/neuter 95%+ of the cats over a wide area in a single year (not just a single colony or even a couple of colonies).

    • Unfortunate that you chose to attack my disclosed bias but not reveal you are an anti-TNR troll. Perhaps cars should be prohibited since they kill birds.

      • Nice attempt at deflection, combined with name-calling. Do you actually dispute any of the facts I provided? I can provide you with a link to that study (and others, equally damning) if you care to read them.

      • hu? That doesn’t make sense. TNR is just cat hoarding. Even if done perfectly there will be constant food in the environment growing huge populations of other pests; rats, mice, cockroaches, racoons, skunks. All the feces grows swarms of flies that vector toxoplasma gondii. Also more cats join or are dumped for the food. Cats are pests and an invasive species and should be culled like all invasives. All very sad but TNR has never gotten rid of cats and is done so at the expense of the cats, deaths of far more native animals than cats saved and public health and well being.

      • Vehicles (and their emissions) are regulated by the government and drivers are held accountable for their actions. Free-roaming cats and their ‘caretakers’ are not. A test is required to obtain a license (also required) to operate the vehicle. If the person has a medical condition that impairs ability to safely operate the vehicle, a medical report is required. Drivers must carry insurance. Drivers are held accountable when their actions put others at risk for injury. Drivers must follow the rules of the road or be fined, jailed, or lose their license.

        So, until TNR feeders are required to take a test, obtain a renewable license, report any medical condition that (for example) may lead them to hoarding cats outdoors, carry insurance (for when one of ‘their’ cats bites or harms someone), and adhere to guidelines that must be followed so that others (humans and wildlife) are not negatively impacted by their actions, do not compare the practice of re-dumping fixed cats and feeding them to cars killing birds.

      • As a ‘journalist’, you should realize that disparaging an opposing argument isn’t the same as refuting it. Or would you prefer to be recognized as a propagandist? If so, you’re going the right way about it.

  2. Here are some other quotes lifted directly from that study. you referenced.

    “In both counties, results of analyses did not indicate a consistent reduction in per capita growth, the population multiplier, or the proportion of female cats that were pregnant.”

    “Our analysis indicated that any population-level effects were minimal, with Rm (the multiplier) ranging from 1.5 to 4, which indicated ongoing population growth (similar to values in previous studies), and critical needed values of neutered cats (ie, the proportion of all cats that needed to be neutered to reduce Rm to < 1.0) of 71% to 94%, which was far greater than what was actually achieved."

    "Implementation of the stage-structured model suggested that no plausible combinations of life history variables would likely allow for TNR to succeed in reducing population size, although neutering approximately 75% of the cats could achieve control (which is unrealistic), a value quite similar to results in the present study."

  3. You quote Williams at least twice on the number of cats sterilized, but I note you did not ask him how much the cat population has been reduced in Clark County. Why not? That is the metric we need to know in order to know if TNR is working or not. Have they hit that 71% to 94% range required to stop the population from growing? Have they hit 95% to actually reduce the population? I guarantee they have not even come anywhere remotely close to this. This is not a situation where “every little bit helps”. Talk to an expert in population dynamics. If you fail to reach that minimum threshold, your work makes no difference whatsoever. You’re not putting a dent in the population. You’re spinning your wheels and accomplishing nothing. The fact is there is not one single town, city, or county anywhere in the world that can state that it has reduced its feral cat population through the use of TNR. Not one. If you wish to dispute this fact, then name the municipality along with its feral cat population when it started TNR and its feral cat population today.

  4. You also quote a highly respected ornithologist, Dr. Peter Marra, and then follow this up with a quote disputing Dr. Marra from Gregory Castle as if they were equally authoritative. They are not. Mr. Castle is not a scientist. He is not an expert on this subject. Mr. Castle is an executive who has made millions of dollars running his “animal charity”. This type of reporting falls into the same category as those trying to cast doubt on climate change.

    You claim that TNR is less expensive that euthanasia, but you disregard the value of the billions of native birds and wildlife killed by TNR cats. If you put even the most minimal value on these creatures, the scales immediately tip far in the other direction and TNR becomes far more costly. And even without doing that, the cost of a dose of sodium pentobarbitol for a cat is less than a dollar.

    • You want me to include the “value of billions of native birds and wildlife killed by TNR cats” when reporting that TNR is less expensive than euthanasia? Got it. Thanks.

      • Euthanasia is much cheaper than TNr. to euthanise a cat, you inject it with a lethal dose of barbiturate. Euthansia can be done by an ACO in the field, through the wire of a trap. Hardly any special training is needed. To TNR a cat, you transport it to a veterinarian, where the vet or his assistant keeps the cat in a cage long enough for all the food in its digestive tract to be digested, prepares a sterile field, injects the cat with a sublethal dose of barbiturate, makes an incision, removes the reproductive organs, closes the incision, maybe gives it antibiotics or post-op pain medication, keeps the cat in a cage long enough for it to recover, which for a female would be 2 days, and gives it to someone who will transport it back to the colony. Special training and equipment are required for neutering. All this costs more than an injection in the field.

      • Yes, I would consider mass extinction-induced ecological collapse combined with cat-vectored zoonoting disease pandemics to be infinitely more costly than a phenobarbitol injection. Another problem with TNR charlatans is that they always begin by touting the supposed “cost-effectiveness” of TNR as a “volunteer” program. But after a year or so they’re back begging for money to keep up their “humane” efforts. They work kinda like drug-dealers–the first taste is free.

  5. Well JJ you can certainly talk. What have you done? We have stopped over 35,000 cats from breeding with TNR. How many have you trapped and killed? Have you started a nonprofit dedicated to making your vision happen and kill cats by the tens of thousands? The TNR community doing trumps you talking any day.

    • Mr. Williams, what was the feral cat population in Clark County when TNR was implemented? What is the feral cat population in Clark County today? Have you spay/neutered the required 95% of cats over a wide area in a single year in order to reduce the population? Have you even spay/neutered 71% of cats over a wide area in a single year just to keep the population from growing? You cannot claim to have reduced the population because you have not reduced the population. Not in the least. In fact, the food provided by your cohorts allows the remaining intact cats to breed even more prolifically, easily more than making up for any that die from “natural attrition” (getting run over, killed by dogs or coyotes, dying from disease, parasites, poisons, or any of the other gruesome ways street cats die).

      • Once again, how many cats have you trapped and killed? Even if TNR is 1% effective that is more than you being a keyboard warrior. Discussion over what method works best get us nowhere. I was able to start a nonprofit and find people to TNR over 35,000 cats. You need to find people to trap and kill tens of thousands of cats then we can have a real conversation.

        • Sorry, before any such claim can be accepted you have to prove it. Do you have actual quantitative data, analyses and documentation such as that requested by Mr. McKibben? Apparently not, because you merely repeat your unsubstantiated claim. But then the thing TNR charlatans do more than anything else is lie through their teeth. Otherwise they couldn’t “defend” their irresponsible, destructive practice.

        • BTW, the Israeli Natural Resources and Natural Parks Authority achieved 90% feral cat population reduction in one wildlife preserve in just five years (1997-2000) through a sustained hunting campaign by NRNPA rangers and licensed hunters (Brickner & Yom Tov, Hebrew University of Jerusalem 2003). Show me a TNR “program” which has acheived “success” within a order of magnitude of that. Again, actual DATA, not unsubstantiated “testimonials”. You can’t, because no such example exists.

          The IUCN has documented about 87 more successes in lethal removal from the Aleutian Chain to western Mexico to the Caribbean to Australia and New Zealand (to name a few).

  6. TNR cat hoarding is terrible. It never gets rid of the cats as is sold to the public but only hopes to stabilize the hoards. It’s done to make the people feeding the cats feel good. Only a small percentage of the cats are neutered and the ones that are had not been neutered in time. The cats scour the environment of needed native animals killing far more animals than cats saved while all the cat food grows huge populations of other pests; rats, mice, cockroaches, skunks, racoons, possums. Then there is all the feces, flies, ticks, smell, dead and diseased cats and kittens. I’ve lived around TNR cat hoards 2X and my elderly parents had until their neighborhood got fed up and continually “removed” the cats blaming the coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions until the cat hoarders gave up. The reality is Australia is having success culling, education and strict leash laws while we are growing feral cat populations.

    • Dear Mark Woodward,
      If you took the time to read and educate yourself I believe you would learn from the academic journals which include valid and reliable data regarding everything you are saying. The facts are the facts. They are not perfect but simply stated cats like any other animal has the right to life. Tnvr has a positive impact on the feral cat population and the disgraceful inhumane euthanizing of cats due to irresponsible humans , the lack of a home … circumstances beyond their control. They are innocent precious and deserve respect love and care. Look in the mirror and ask yourself are you a good role model for your children the next generation???

    • It’s not even close.

      14 million birds are killed annually by cars in the U.S. 2.4 billion birds are killed annually be cats in the U.S. All threats to birds and other native wildlife should be addressed, including the cute and furry ones.

  7. I did not see any mention of the insane cat lovers who have a 150 cats in a bachelor apartment !
    My guess there hundreds of these mentally ill cat hoarders in L.V. !
    We had one in my hood and LV animal control ran out of cages to hall them off !
    People all over the county leave food and water out for these feral cats !
    I seen no mention of the cat census from about 15 years ago done by Clark County that estimated the ferals in the millions of cats county wide ! I have lived in 89107 since 1967 and watched all of our local bird and small animal population wiped out by the ferals ! I especially miss the large road runner population we had that has been wiped out !
    People who are hoarding and feeding these feral populations should be severally punished as it is cruel the ferals !
    I gave up trapping them at my home on Meadows LN. As it was turning into a full time job and I was asking for a receipt from LV animal control for each they picked ! Several of the officers were down right hostile and I also capture people animals with no no collar with the required licenses.
    It is a severe problem caused by the cat lovers and they they are getting away it and not be prosecuted !

    • Unconfined felines are particularly deadly to ground-nesting birds (like roadrunners). But they’re nearly as deadly to native reptiles. Australian biologist John Woinarski released just this last June a review study of 84 different published surveys involving gut-content analysis of tens of thousands of feral cats in his country. His findings–unconfined cats (NOT counting “free-roaming “pet” cats) torture and slaughter 1.8 million native Aussie reptiles each and every DAY. This horrific carnage cuts a swath across 25% of Australia’s more than 1,000 described reptile species. This is reprehensible, inexcuseable and unsustainable.

  8. This article ignores limiting cat colonies by cutting off the source of the cats, which is cats abandoned by cat owners with too many cats. To reduce or eliminate cat dumping, several steps can be taken. 1) license pet cats, with a higher license fee for sexually intact cats. 2) Fine cat owners who let their cats run loose. Some feral cats start as kittens an owned cat gave birth to outside, and the owner didn’t take them inside. 3) Make “If you feed it, then you own it” the standard for feral cat care. Fine anyone who feeds free-roaming cats. If someone wants to feed loose cats, he should trap the cats, neuter them, and confine them on his own property. The presence of an outdoor feeding station encourages cat owners with too many cats to dump their surplus cats there. 4) Have an open-admission animal shelter. People sometimes dump surplus cats because relinquishing them to an animal shelter is too difficult, and because sometimes shelter personnel harass an owner relinquishing cat. 5) Offer a publicly funded subsidy to owners who want to neuter their cats. But make sure that the cat is an indoor-only or confined-only cat before subsidizing its neutering, and that the person presenting the cat is the licensed owner of the cat. Unless you dry up the source of free-roaming cats, no method can eliminate the cat colonies.

  9. Your specious argument is both deflection and false equivalency. You seem very good at predicating arguments on logical fallacies.

    And yet another such fallacy is inherent in your claim that TNR reduces shelter intake/euthanasia. While it indeed does that, it’s predicated on a tautology: “Shelter intake is down because we no longer take in cats.”

    What you omit is that all those cats are still out in our environment spreading diseases and slaughtering wildlife.

    As for your Denver example, all you’re really saying is that municipal officials can be BRIBED into allowing implementing of this worthless program if they initially have the backbones to stand up to the shrieking, flailing cat-ladies.

  10. I love when trolls come from outside of the community come to impart there myopic views on people working within the community to make a difference. Either do something constructive or go play a video game (or bird watch–oh wait, never mind). It is interesting that JJ and Yvretta seem to magically follow each other to every TNR article on the web. Seems like “birders” of a feather flock together. Yawn.

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