Avoiding a Cat-astrophe

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – On a cold afternoon, sometimes you’ll see as many cats as you will people and now a new agreement aims to change that.

“There’s a lot of what we call free roaming cats,” says Brian Weltge with the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.

Estimates put the number at 9,500 in Dayton, but the cat population could soon be on the rise.

“The problem with that is the cats are seasonal breeders and we’re approaching spring and cats can have up to two litters and three kittens per litter, so you’re talking about 28,000 kittens being born in the city of Dayton alone,” Weltge says.

We wanted to know if officials will be able to reduce that number.

“The good news is we have a community that loves animals,” Weltge says. “Our hope is they’ll embrace a trap-neuter-return approach to dealing with outdoor free-roaming cats.”

The Humane Society got an agreement Wednesday to try trap-neuter-return in the city of Dayton.

The group will have a staff member trapping cats and will also offer traps to the city, but they need help in figuring out the neighborhoods with large numbers of cats.

“Giving us a phone call and letting us know there’s a large cat population in a certain area will be something important for us to know,” Weltge says.

We asked about the cost of the program. The city isn’t paying anything. The Humane Society says it has a grant to pay to spay and neuter the first 500 cats and hopes to find more funding in the future.

“We do think we can take an early approach and really get this thing under control,” Weltge says.

In a few years, the Humane Society would like to have a clinic to handle all the cats who are caught who need to be spayed or neutered.

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