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Feral Cat Volunteer Organizer Clears Up Misconceptions

The group wants to rid Seminole Heights of feral cats.

Feral Cat Volunteer Organizer Clears Up Misconceptions Feral Cat Volunteer Organizer Clears Up Misconceptions

Earlier this week, we reported that volunteers in Seminole Heights plan to round up feral cats in the community and take them to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. A call and email to the SPCA was not returned.

The sentiments of Seminole Heights residents and the volunteers have been detailed on a local blog, which has netted dozens of comments.

Candice Nelson is one of the founding volunteer organizers. Nelson contacted Patch and she wanted clarify a few points regarding the feral cats issue. Nelson wanted cat owners to know the following points:

  • "We aren't running random and entering peoples properties chasing lose cats. That was never mentioned. We have received about 18 emails asking for help at specific addresses and locations on private, homeowner or rented properties.  
  • "All cats will be checked for microchip, ear notching and tags. This was stated in the original post. Any cats matching these requirements will be released. 
  • "We are not "running rogue" to kill the cats. We are trying to minimize the destructive pattern that has been persisting for many year. Neighbors tend to forget that while they support something or some cause, their neighbor may not share the same view. We need to realize that all neighbors have rights. For most they have attempted to solve the problems without trapping. What we are doing is not illegal. We are helping neighbors trap cats."

What do you think about the issue and Nelson's points? Tell us in the comments.

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