COLUMBIA ― In observance of National Feral Cat Day on Tuesday, the Central Missouri Humane Society hopes to continue raising awareness about the felines.
For almost a year, the Humane Society has worked with Spay, Neuter and Protect (SNAP) of Mid-Missouri on a program to help people trap feral cats living on their property and get them spayed or neutered at the Humane Society for free. A city ordinance passed in July 2011 requires anybody feeding or harboring feral cats to spay or neuter them, vaccinate them against rabies and annually test the cats for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
"If you have a problem on your property with an overpopulation of feral cats, there are options," Colin LaVaute, shelter relations coordinator said in a news release. "The best way to deal with the issue head on is ensuring that those feral cats hanging around your house have been spayed or neutered."
SNAP employs a group of volunteer "cat wranglers" to help gather Columbia’s feral cats and transport them to the shelter to be spayed or neutered. The captured cats are also given vaccinations against rabies and other diseases. Once cats have been treated, they are returned to their original environment unless other issues arise.
More information about National Feral Cat Day, SNAP, and the programs they offer can be found at snap-cats.org or through the Central Missouri Humane Society at 443-3893.