Sun, Dec. 15

Mayor Joens declares National Feral Cat Day

COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens read a proclamation this week declaring Wednesday National Feral Cat Day. City Clerk Marianne Jiménez says the Alley Cat Allies established the special day, acknowledging the humane method to manage the feral cat population.

The proclamation reads in part: Whereas, Trap-Neuter-Return improves the lives of cats and stabilizes cat populations. The stresses and behaviors associated with mating, such as yowling and fighting, stop. Trap-Neuter-Return is recognized throughout the United States and other countries as the humane and responsible way to care for feral cats.

Alley Cat Allies was founded in 1990 by two women who recognized that stray and feral cats needs were not being met by the animal control pound and shelter system. They realized that when well-meaning citizens called pounds and shelters about feral cats, their only response was to kill them.

Jiménez says the Town of Jerome has been very successful in reducing its population of wild cats by faithful use of the program and by hiring a veterinarian to fix cats each week. Populations of thousands have now been reduced to less than 100 feral cats.

Recently, the Adopt for Life Shelter in Cottonwood put up a display table to recognize the humane treatment of feral cats.

The city clerk says, may times, people perpetuate the problem by feeding feral cats without taking the appropriate measures to make sure they don't reproduce and create more hungry mouths.

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