Hundreds of Wild Cats Get Needed Care

Concerned animal lovers said the feral cat problem is serious and something needs to be done about it.

Stephanie Bryan is always outside playing with Peaches, a cat that was once wild. Bryan has been helping strays for years, by being on the board of the Muscogee County Humane Society and on her own. She does some decorating on the side to help pay for a cause she feels strongly about which is trapping, neutering, vaccinating and returning the cats to their colony.

Many of these cats can be domesticated, but some are just too wild. So wild that the humane society won't take them. "It all stems from human neglect," said Bryan. "They didn't ask to be thrown out."

Feral cats typically exist in colonies sometimes up to about 40 cats. Many are found near restaurants, dumpsters and apartment complexes. Research is showing that trapping, neutering and returning is working. "It stops the overpopulation and breeding," said Veterinarian Dr. Hank Hall. "It gives vaccinations and they clip the left ear so they can be identified."

The Muscogee County Humane Society hopes to eventually get more involved in this effort. Right now most people are paying out of their own pockets to feed and treat the cat. Veterinarians said most are not dangerous, but recommends not trying to pick them up.

The group concerned about helping these animals, Allied Cats of Columbus, can be reached at 706-324-1399 from 10am to 1pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for more information about managing a colony, or donations.