Humane Society hoping to partner with cities to stop cat overpopulation

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The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is looking for help in controlling the community cat crisis facing Montgomery County.

Community cats are not feral and are often capable of surviving while also being friendly with people in their community.

The humane society says it’s peak breeding season for cats. Also known as kitten mountain. They are hoping the community can step up and help them with spaying and neutering. Especially now that the Animal Resource Center is pulling all cat related services.

“It’s the new normal for our community to try and figure out what to do with lots of kitty cats that are being born,” said Brian Weltge, the CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.

Area shelters like SICSA and the humane society have been helping community cats for several years. Doing things like crafting winter shelters and forming groups to trap community cats. They clip their ears for identification while also getting them proper medical treatment. Releasing some community cats and even adopting others out. 

The humane society says the best way to combat cat overpopulation is for local governments to form partnerships with shelters. It’s something cities like Miamisburg and Englewood already do. 

“This is now the time for other cities who may have been on the fence.. not understanding what the community cat TNR program is, to get on board,” said Weltge.

With less space to hold them, more cats could in turn takeover your neighborhood. Cats that make it through their early years live a long time. So there’s no need for more wild kittens. 

“Many of these (kittens) out in the community meet a really bad fate because they can’t survive. Our goal is to really decrease the amount of pets like this that are being born,” said Weltge. 

If you want to drop off kittens or a cat in hopes of getting them adopted, you must make an appointment with SICSA or the humane society. You can no longer just drop them off at the Animal Resource Center. 

If your a city that is interested in getting help with community or stray cats, call the humane society for more information. (937) 268-7387 

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