Feral cat management in Southwest Georgia

Feral cats / Mike Morrison

The feral cat population. It's a problem facing most cities in the United States and here in Southwest Georgia we are no exception. In this week's Go Green we take a look at this problem and the best solutions being used to help keep the feral cat population in check. Have a look.

They have been abandoned, lost or discarded and have to rely on their instincts and wits to survive. These domestic cats turned wild are a complicated and expensive problem facing us right here in Southwest Georgia. If left unchecked and unaltered these cats will reproduce compounding our ever growing feral cat issue. Here in Southwest Georgia as in many places euthanasia has been the primary means of population control. Dealing with excessive amounts of feral cats by trapping and killing is not only ineffective but is an uneconomical approach to this issue. Dr. Lynn Kennedy: we are estimating that to trap an animal and take it to the humane society costs 150$ per animal. Now aside from this practice being expensive and ineffective it is also inhumane. Because of that many people here in Southwest Georgia and across the country are looking for a better solution. Dr. Lynn Kennedy: we want to reduce the number of cats but we want to do it humanely. The best solution for our feral cat problem is trap; neuter and return programs and most communities across the us have a program like this. Here in Southwest Georgia Catnappers is an organization on the front lines of this problem every day. Mitch Aultman: Catnapper primarily does feral cats. Cats that are un owned, abandoned and are living wild. These are the cats that need to be altered And once they have been altered or spayed and neutered. They are returned to their colony because that is what they know as home. Catnappers is a not for profit organizations made up of caring volunteers focused on reducing the number of feral cats in Southwest Georgia. Catnappers operates a low cost spay and neuter program in Albany and surrounding areas is for colonies that have committed caretakers who tend to their needs of food, water and shelter on a daily basis. Mitch Aultman: after the cats are spayed or neutered they are returned to the colony and their caretaker provides daily for their needs of food and shelter. Tnr is not effective if a colony does not have a caretaker. This is a community problem and Catnappers could really use your help. Trapping, altering and vaccinating these cats is not free so monetary donations are always welcome. Committed volunteers are also needed to manage feral colonies which benefit our community and can be very rewarding in itself. Now if you are already feeding stray or feral cats keep on feeding them but by all means have them fixed. To learn more about what you can to do help with the problem visit there you can find out more about what Catnappers is doing to improve our community by taking an effective approach to the real problem of feral cats. For this week's Go Green I'm Mike Morrison FOX 31 News.

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