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Operation Catnip Helps Curb Stray Population

Posted July 9, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— You may have noticed them behind shopping centers, schools and restaurants. Stray cats create a moral and health concern and they are multiplying rapidly. One group is trying to save their lives with the help of some local animal lovers.

Chuck Ward never expected to become a parent to more than a dozen stray cats, but when the felines made their home behind his hardware store he says he didn't have a choice.

Animal control workers suggested that Ward catch the cats and bring them in to be put to sleep but animal lover that he is, he didn't have the heart to do it.

So, he found a way to keep them alive. Second Chance Pet Adoptions has a program called Operation Catnip. They spay, neuter and give rabies vaccinations to stray animals.

Operation Catnip Director Julie Levy hopes that instead of euthanizing the cats, or simply ignoring the problem all together, the cats can live out their lives, without further contributing to the problem of pet overpopulation.

Operation Catnip spayed, neutered and vaccinated 1,300 wild cats in 1996 and 1997 with the help of people like Ward.

Ward also feeds his strays with the help of his customers who bring in food for the cats. If you have strays in your area that you would like to help get neutered and vaccinated you can call Second Chance at 676-3770.

andKerrie Hudzinski