Note - please keep all emails to Ms. Edwards polite and respectful. In the end it is her decision, and one can clearly see why one might want a colony of feral cats removed from one's business property. We must convince her that removal of this colony will only make the problem worse, that this colony is a controlled one - and if the cats are removed and killed, then the colony will come back, bigger and wilder and harder to remove. - Sincerely thank you for signing, Andrew Reed
Why we must keep this colony intact as it is:
We understand that these cats have all been spayed and/or neutered, are up-to-date on shots, and are being cared for and fed by numerous volunteers who have a great deal of time and money invested in this effort to date. Removal of the colony will result in a death sentence for the cats and also the formation of a new colony, in addition to a MONETARY expense to County government.
As reported by WACH TV, Columbia, SC on July 23, 2012
CHAPIN, SC (WACH) -- Behind a Chapin Bi-Lo there's an area tucked away from public view, and it's home to a colony of cats
residents know as the "Bi-Lo Cats."
When one of those residents found out about the cat colony, she took action.
I investigated it, went into a couple of shops and found people who were feeding the cats, and I also found they had not been
spayed or neutered," said Pat Peters. Peters is an animal activist that has previous experience with cat colonies, and getting large
groups spayed and neutered. She organized an effort to have the colony behind Bi-Lo spayed and neutered.
She says before they were spayed and neutered they were a nuisance with breeding behaviors, and too many litters of kittens.
Now the cats stay to themselves away from customers back in a secluded area in the woods; that's why the community caretakers
were surprised to hear that the property manager wants them removed.
Peters says even if the property manager has the cats removed other colonies will move in, which is called the vacuum effect.
Chapin has a huge feral cat problem; there's going to be new colony moving in without the benefit of spay and neuter or
vaccination or people taking care of them. They're going to be exactly where they were 8 years ago." said Peters.
WACH Fox reached out to the property manager Kathy Edwards, who wants the cats removed.
The resident caretakers hope they can keep these cats in the only home they've ever known.
For anyone wanting to further assist in this effort, contact information for Kathy Edwards is below:
Kathy H. Edwards is a Partner and President of Dial, Dunlap & Edwards. Kathy is a RPA – Real Property Administrator and a
member of (BOMA) Building Owners and Managers Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Kathy has
been in commercial real estate for 27 years and has served in many capacities. Her focus is on property management services,
leasing and business development.
Mailing Address: PO Box 1504, Columbia SC 29202
Street Address: 1122 Barnwell ST, Columbia SC 29201