Animal Rescue Workers Trapping Cats to Help Overpopulation Problem

June 25, 2013 Updated Jun 25, 2013 at 11:23 PM EDT

By Hilary Lane

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June 25, 2013 Updated Jun 25, 2013 at 11:23 PM EDT


This time of the year is called kitten season. In April, cats begin breeding and in June is when we begin seeing the babies.

"We are just loaded," said Gina Browning of the Erie County SPCA. "There are more than 700 cats and kittens just waiting for room to go up for adoption."

There isn't only a surplus of cats at animal shelters. Feral cats, which live in the wild and have never had any human contact, are also on the rise this time of year.

"The solution is to trap them,get them spayed and neutered and released them where they came from," said Elaine Ahrens, an animal rescue volunteer. "Once they are spayed and neutered the breeding problem ends."

If you come in contact with a feral cat, do not approach.

"Some of them may attack, they may charge you," said Ahrens.

The best thing you can do is contact a local animal rescue organization:

Feral Cat Focus
PO Box 404, East Aurora, NY 14052
1-888-902-9717 (toll free), www.feralcatfocus.org

Heart Animal Rescue and Adoption Team
Locations in Hamburg and Williamsville
(716) 821-1915
http://www.heartforanimals.org/