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Wheatland launches trap and release program for feral cats

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 8th, 2017

For the Record-Times

WHEATLAND - The evening of March 4th the Town of Wheatland will be trapping stray and feral cats. Please do not feed these feral cats starting March 3rd.  We need the cats to be hungry so they will be easy to trap.

The Town has hired Northern Colorado Friends of Ferals (NCFF) to trap, spay/neuter and vaccinate the cats.  The cats will be returned to their trapped locations on Monday, March 6. Without TNR (trap, neuter and return) these cats continue to reproduce and ultimately become a nuisance in the community.  Altering 90% of the cats in each colony dramatically alters the number of litters born and attrition will bring down the overall numbers fairly quickly.

The goal for March 4 is to trap close to 100 cats. To do that NCFF needs to hear from the people who are feeding the cats and get information about numbers being fed and addresses. The town of Wheatland has budgeted funds to pay for the surgeries and vaccinations. Sick animals will be treated by NCFF free of charge.  Please contact Leslie Vogt @ 1-970-224-1467 if your would like help with your cats or have any questions. NCFF needs to hear from you by February 24.

NCFF has been servicing Colorado cat colonies since 2009  and has altered almost 7000 cats. They have seen cat intake numbers in shelters diminished  by 40 to 50% in that period of time. This is humane method of population control that has been proven to work all over the country.

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