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March 1, 2014

Trapping, neutering cats is way to cut population

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

The feral/homeless cat population is now over 30 million.

No, they don’t all live in Lawrence County, they are “just” in the United States and they are not at fault.

There is only one way to stop this ever-growing population: stop cats from having kittens.

One female (with her male counterparts) has the potential to have more than 400,000 progeny over seven years.

Even if you accept the figure of “only” 400, which allows for starvation, being run over, etc., that’s a lot.

Whether you love cats or hate them, the humane way to stop the overpopulation, in fact the only way, is by a method called TNR. This acronym stands for trap, neuter, return.

Cities and counties across the nation have organizations doing this and they are well supported by their communities. We, too, have an organization, with a solid foundation and some dedicated, educated people out there trapping and teaching others how to trap these cats. They work with Animal Friends, which brings a huge hospital on wheels to Lawrence County.

The trapped cats are spayed or neutered (both required for this to work), given rabies vaccinations and other health care, and then our people see to it that the cats are returned to their own territory, where they already know the dangers, and the food. Their ears are notched so they don’t get trapped again.

Thirty-five dollars will stop at least 400 new births. That’s huge. People can donate to and/or volunteer for Lawrence County’s own TNR organization at Lawrence County Animal Relief Fund, Box 8514, New Castle, Pa. 16107.

They can also visit them at lcarf.com, and watch for public meetings and go. Citizens can also tell politicians and take responsibility for the cats they feed.

Mary Martitia Rucker

Spring House Lane

New Wilmington

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