Cat-aloging progress on a major problem

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Feral cats aren’t the only ones on the prowl now on Dayton’s streets.

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton has caught 271 cats in Dayton since they teamed up with the city in March.

They spay or neuter them, vaccinate them and then return them.

“For us so far it’s been very successful,” says Humane Society President and CEO Brian Weltge.

The Humane Society has grant funding to pay for 500 cats to go through what’s known as the Trap-Neuter-Return process.

But more than 9,000 are thought to be out on Dayton’s streets.

“That’s an awful lot of cats,” Weltge says. “Five-hundred is a drop in the bucket compared to what the city has but this is again the first step in a number of steps.”

The Humane Society says the large number of cats can be an annoyance for residents. They’re trying to get to them before they can produce more cats.

“Cat’s are seasonal breeders and they breed during the warm months of the year,” Weltge says.

With so many cats out there, we wanted to know if the Humane Society believes it will be able to reduce the number of feral cats in the area.

“The Humane Society is just one entity and I don’t think one entity can be the only solution to this,” Weltge says. “I think we need a community that understands the problem.”

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