- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

BURTON, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan county is searching for a solution to its feral cat problem.

Genesee County hopes to control free-roaming cat populations by establishing a program to catch, neuter and release the animals, The Flint Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1qNQw6O ). Officials will meet Monday in Burton to discuss the issue and seek funding.

Some residents, though, have taken matters into their own hands.

Sheryl Ladd visits vacant backyards occupied by feral cats to give them food and water, and also has taken several of them to be spayed or neutered.

Genesee County Animal Control volunteer Tammy Beal teamed up with other concerned residents last year to corral some of the feral cats and bring them to the Michigan Humane Society in Detroit, where they can be spayed or neutered for free.

She also helped create a cat colony in Grand Blanc.

“What happened was I was seeing cats die and I decided there has to be a better way,” she said.

Beal hopes possible city funding will allow her to continue to take feral cats to clinics. If not, she said she’ll try to create a self-sustaining program in Burton to get more cats spayed and neutered for free.

“Getting money for nobody’s cats … that’s a tough pitch,” she said.

The city previously considered requiring cat owners to license their animals and creating feral cat colonies, but the ideas were shelved after some residents expressed concern.


Information from: The Flint Journal, https://www.mlive.com/flint

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