Wilkes-Barre partners with SPCA to contain cat colonies in the city

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The city of Wilkes-Barre is trying to get it’s cat population under control.

Mayor George Brown recently announced the city is partnering with the Luzerne County SPCA to do so.

Jacqueline Deutsch is a volunteer who spends her days making sure feral cats in Wilkes-Barre are fed, but more importantly neutered.

“I do trap, neuter and release. It’s to reduce the population of the cats and this whole colony here it took me a year-and-a-half to get it done but there’s no more babies being born here. It stops unwanted kittens,” said Jacqueline Deutsch, volunteer.

Cat colonies can be found across the Diamond City.

In a new effort to keep the number of feral cats to a minimum. The Luzerne County SPCA and the city of Wilkes-Barre will be working together.

“This partnership with Wilkes-Barre City will begin to address the community cat issue in a humane and caring way. We will begin to trap, neuter or spay and release those animals to live their days out as community cats,” said Todd Hevner, executive director of the Luzerne County SPCA.

To Deutsch, the new strategy is personal.

“I’m excited… I’m more than excited, because these cats don’t deserve this. These cats are friendly they belong in a house on a couch,” said Deutsch.

In just over a year she has successfully gotten this cat colony of about twelve neutered.

“I talked to a couple neighbors here yesterday and they said they do not see as many kittens… in this area since I’ve been here for a year-and-a-half.”

All cat issues can be directed to the SPCA.

“We are only as good as the community alerts us to the issues in their immediate areas, so we will be leaning heavily on the residents of Wilkes-Barre City to help us identify where the problem areas lie,” said Hevner.

To report a problem area, you can call SPCA at (570) 825-4111.

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