WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY(WBRE/WYOU-TV) – A local animal shelter in Lycoming County is making changes when it comes to what types of animals are taken in.
It’s a decision that helps both the shelter and other surrounding businesses.
They’re cute..they’re cuddly..
However, not all felines get along well with everyone.
“They can be very wild I know I used to own some..I tamed them down a little,” said David Fenstermiter of South Williamsport.
“You look at it and it’s cute just like any other cat but you try to touch it, it runs away from you it hisses it might swat at you,” said Executive Director of the Lycoming County SPCA, Victoria Stryker.
Feral cats are raised in the wild and do not have a sense of socialization.
“We have to clean the kennels every day and that means the cat has to be handled its cage has to be cleaned it has to be replenished food and water and litter and feral cats will not tolerate that. They’ll do everything they can to escape they’ll try to climb the walls they’ll dash outdoors they’ll even swat or bite somebody who’s trying to take care of them,” said Stryker.
The Lycoming County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals takes in 10 to 15 feral cats a week.
That averages out to be three to four hundred a year.
And, once they receive the cats one of the only options is to euthanize them.
“It makes me feel sad and I hate it. I love animals,” said Fenstermiter.
Which is why organizers are encouraging spaying or neutering as a better option.
“Cats get out of control so very quickly I mean two breeding cats over eight years can create two million cats. Kittens and kittens and kittens and if you get it done quickly and efficiently then you don’t have that problem,” said Executive Director with Beckoning Cat Project, Kerry Perry.
Kerry Perry is the Executive Director of ‘Beckoning Cat Project’.
She and others at the cat clinic have teamed up with the SPCA to help cats get the procedure done.
“I’m really excited to be working with them and to get the community involved and try to find a solution and even if you don’t love cats I’m not trying to make you love cats but even if you don’t love them, this is the solution that will help everyone in the neighborhood,” said Perry.
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