DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - A fix for the nearly 85,000 stray for community cats in Montgomery County is on the agenda for a public seminar Tuesday.
Seminar organizers say whether you love cats or not, the community has a problem. Only 2.5 percent of the county’s strays are estimated to have been spayed or neutered, meaning nearly 83,000 cats are on the streets and quickly multiplying.
"As the saying goes it takes a village," said Brian Weltge, president and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. "The cat overpopulation problem will never be solved by one person or one organization. We as a community must come together, create a plan and work together to fix this problem in a humane way. Our Community Cat Seminar is a great step forward in bringing these issues to light."
Weltge believes the answer lies in trapping stray cats and then spaying or neutering them before returning them to the wild.
"The path to solving the outdoor cat problem is through responsible spay-neuter procedures," Weltge says. "It's ethical. It's a way of controlling outdoor cat populations."
Currently the Humane Society of Greater Dayton isn't taking any more cats. Weltge says the shelter already has more than 300 in its care.
Weltge doesn't believe euthanizing stray cats would help. He says the Humane Society used to do that before becoming a no-kill shelter a few years ago. He doesn't believe it had any impact on the number of cats.
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