KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – After a change in operations at Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, SICSA is ready to step in to help Kettering with stray cats.
Montgomery County ARC has discontinued all community cat contracts, but SICSA said before they could provide a spot to take in strays, the city has to change their ordinance on trapping cats.
Megan Dell, SICSA’s veterinary clinic manager, said when they take in cats with their new Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) program, not all will be kept for possible adoption, but will help cut back on stray cat population.
“You can rent a trap with SICSA, if you have your own trap, and the city of Kettering also has traps,” said Dell. “Basically it just means the cats are going to get spayed or neutered, they’re going to get a rabies vaccination and a microchip, then they’re going to be returned to the place where they’re being fed and have shelter and all the resources they need.”
Kettering residents can still contact Kettering Police to report a stray.
They will trap the cat, take it to SICSA to receive the treatment, and it could potentially go up for adoption.
“Those that are adoptable that we feel are friendly, that are in a good health standing, and we have room here at SICSA, we’ll be able to keep those cats,” said Dell.
If the cat is adoptable but space is an issue, they will return the cat back where it was found.
If a spot opens up, they could potentially go pick it up again for adoption.
But Dell said this TNR program will still help limit the feral cat population.
“If you have cats who are in the community and you take one of the cats out, you’re creating an open space for another cat to come in because you still have all of those resources, still someone feeding, still have nice places for them to seek shelter,” said Dell.
SICSA is offering TNR appointments for the community.
Kettering City Council will vote on the ordinance changes on March 12.