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Wake County to allow sterilizing, releasing feral cats

Posted June 5, 2012

— Wake County Animal Control will partner with private groups to catch, sterilize and release feral cats, instead of euthanizing them.

The ordinance unanimously approved by county commissioners Monday replaces an old, blanket policy of holding all loose animals for three days and then euthanizing them if no one claimed them and they were not adoptable.

Private volunteers and funds will carry out the TNR policy, while the county will still take feral cats if the person complaining about them requests it. Volunteers will also vaccinate the cats before releasing them.

"We thank the commissioners for their vote today in support of trap-neuter-return (TNR), the only effective and humane approach to feral cats in a community," Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies, said in a statement. "This is a major advancement for cats and the people who care for them, and we look forward to working with Wake County as it implements this life-saving program."

Alley Cat Allies had threatened to sue Wake County, saying it had broken an unwritten agreement to allow it to operate a TNR pilot program.


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  • mypack Jun 6, 2012

    PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) OPPOSES this policy. Leaving poor little kitties out in the wild isn't such such good CARE of our feline friends. House cats aren't native to NC either. Think about it.

  • SunAndSky Jun 5, 2012

    Trap-Neuter-Return seems like a great idea and I wish that Harnett County would follow in Wake's footsteps on this. Live and let live.

  • Hans Jun 5, 2012

    All good citizens need to eliminate these things on site.

  • Kaitlyn Jun 5, 2012

    "A .22 cal short or CB cap will be very quiet and still kill and good sized cat......"

    Is it legal to shoot feral cats? We have a barn cat that is our pet, and we feed her and take her to the vet once a year for shots. She has always stayed in the barn but she is getting old and it seems like I am having to chase away other cats more and more that are coming around to bother her. I wouldn't want to shoot someone's pet but if I knew these were feral cats I wouldn't hesitate. I have a .410 so that should be pretty effective.

  • djofraleigh Jun 5, 2012

    On average, each outdoor cat that hunted returned 24 rodents,. 15 birds, and 17 lizards to the residence per year. Birds were. 26.7% of the prey killed -- www.abcbirds.org

  • redapace Jun 5, 2012

    "Great! Now we're going to tax our way out of another problem! Wow!"

    Step back and watch this guy be eaten alive by the GOLO anti-tax militia for making such a socialist/marxist suggestion.

  • Desiderata Jun 5, 2012

    TimeWillTell, funny how I have 2 inside and 2 outside (barn cats) and STILL have toads, birds ( love the food in the bird feeder by the butterfly bush), baby birds (nest just inside roof back door area).. DId you stop to think the wild life do not like your area anymore ( Just a thought :) RustyDawg, tick problem goes along with deer, woods.. next you will want to get rid of deer and the wood And I would like to have more barn cats, but it is bad enought the ;renting neighbors complained by "barn cats" walked on their land when i complained about their chickens and peacooks hanging out at my place instead of home. Besides, My barn cat CiCi doesn;t like new cats coming onto her territory! There are no good one answers, but killing ferel cats is just wrong!

  • djofraleigh Jun 5, 2012

    We have plenty of people on this forum who would be willing for the cats to be released in their yards for their care. Logistics problem -- take the cats from where they are not wanted to where they are. We need a data base.

  • bigal02282 Jun 5, 2012

    Release the HOUNDSSSSSS. Let the Feral Dawgs handle the feral cats and then feral Wolves (wait, they aren't feral are they?) take out the feral dogs and then we can let the, um, okay, this isn't going where I wanted it to.....

  • djofraleigh Jun 5, 2012

    Personally, I despise people's so called good intentions of putting out food to let cats run wild yet uncared for or controlled. My mother does this out of pity, and I love her, and while she feels good about herself for doing it, she ignores that my brother has now gotten fleas again in his dog's back yard and that there are NO old wild cats, but plenty of new ones.

    People who feed cats that are not neutered are the problem. Those owners are breeding an increasing number of unwanted, uncared for animals. Feeding is just part of animal care.