Problem: "Free Roaming";"Feral";"Abandonned cats" are being trapped and euthanized by Animal Control. It is illegal in the city of Virginia Beach for citizens to intervene in any way to help. Cats are beeing killed without any other option. For 5 years we have tried to help 5 colonies of approximatley 100 abandoned/feral cats in Virginia Beach.Helping means providing food/water, trapping/neutering, vet care and in some cases relocating cats when property owners want them gone. We have been ordered by Animal Control to stop caring for these cats or we will be prosecuted. Citizens in Virginia Beach who are concerned and take actions to address the cat overpopulation problem are being bullied by Animal Control.
Solution:Control the feral cat population through public education, free city funded spay neuter clinics for all cats, and establish a standard for the feral cat cargiver and "Trap, Neuter, Release" program. I think that the citizens of Virginia Beach are generally in the dark about Animal Control's policies reguarding feral cats. If a plan was put in place that allowed the citizens to take responsibility for cats in their area, and they had an option to have the cat spayed/neutered ,funded through the city, the feral cat population would quickly get under control and would give the citizens a sense of responsibility and a duty to act. The feral cat problem will never be eliminated, but killing them does nothing but allow the remaining cats less pressure and a more favorable condition to reproduce.
here is a link to the 2011 Virginia Beach Animal Control Report http://www.virginia.gov/vdacs_ar/cgi-bin/Vdacs_search.cgi?link_select=facility&form=fac_select&fac_num=192&year=2011 . 2067 cats were euthanized in 2011. 2004 cats euthanized in 2010. 1938 cats euthanized in 2009.
Another disturbing note: PETA:located in Norfolk,VA euthanized 1198 cats in 2011 and adopted out only 5. PETA has been called by the properties where we have been caring for these cats, and is actively trapping and removing the cats from their property.
STOP KILLING THESE CATS!