Lower Stray Cat Population

Lower Stray Cat Population

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Desiree Berry started this petition to Animal lovers and wildlife rescuers and

 Here in Cleveland there is a plethora of stray cats roaming the city’s streets. These cats are becoming feral due to the fact that they have to provide for themselves on the street. It is dangerous for the cats , they face many risks of being hurt by disease , other animals and even people.

The main reason there is such a huge cat population is because the cats haven’t been fixed so they continue to mate. I encourage cat owners to get their felines spayed or neutered and if you already own a cat and decide you don’t want it anymore don’t drop it off on the street. I also suggest organizing a program in Cleveland for Clevelanders to participate in something called trap, neuter, and release. We would capture a stray , feral cat and take it in to get spayed or neutered, and then release the cat back to where you found it which would slowly reduce population over time. Lastly to reduce the deaths of the stray cats that are brought into local shelters I encourage people to adopt from shelters. There are many shelters that spay and neuter their cats before going through with adoption and the cats aren’t going to break your bank coming from a shelter !

“Cats are capable of breeding at as early as 4 to 6 months old and they can give birth to as many as eight kittens in a single pregnancy” (https://www.limaohio.com These litters of kittens grow up and are not fixed so their instinct is to reproduce. “Cats typically have three litters of kittens a year, their population grows exponentially” (https://www.limaohio.com The mother can get pregnant again within six to eight weeks after giving birth. So the mother cat will be having another litter along with her kittens once they turn 4 months adding to the cat population. Humane Ohio fixed nearly 18,000 cats last year. Some were claimed to be shelter animals, others had owners and about 5,000 were outdoor or so-called community cats (https://www.13abc.com

I specifically want Mayor Frank Jackson to open more animal shelters for these strays to be housed until they find homes. I want more places opened that provide spays and neuters for little to no cost and I want trap, neuter and release (TNR) to be initiated at least once a month to make sure the cats don't continue to reproduce. Commitment has to be put into this by the community participating in the TNR program. 

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