Letters

Spay/neuter helps reduce pet overpopulation

Animal Care Sanctuary applauds the work to help feral and community free roaming cats in Tioga County by Denise Drabick and Sharon Davies. The more community partners assisting in the spay/neuter initiatives, the sooner we can reduce the overpopulation of cats.

ACS did receive a grant from PetCo Foundation and Humane Society of the United States and accomplished trapping and spay/neutering all the cats in Lawrenceville. A generous donor allowed ACS to set up a spay/neuter clinic in the community hall in Elkland but the 30 we did was the tip of the iceberg. A utility worker counted more than 300 in a small area of town.

ACS has traps available to lend out to anyone that wants to trap a cat and bring for surgery at our clinic. Please call 570-724-3687 to set up an appointment. Our veterinarians can spay and neuter approximately 30 per day. An entire day can be setup to do feral colonies.

We are happy to announce that we have received grant funds to purchase a transport van to go to the outlying areas and gather cats (and dogs) that need spayed or neutered and bring them back to the clinic. Transportation is often hard and this will allow residents of a rural community to meet at a common point and let us do the transporting and return their animals when they are recovered. We will announce the program details in June as soon as the van is purchased and we are ready to launch the program.

For further information call 570-724-3687 or email rpreble@animalcaresanctuary.org. ACS is celebrating 52 years as a no kill not for profit promoting adoption, spay/neuter and humane education.

Rachel Preble

Animal Care Sanctuary

Editor’s Note: Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries also has a trapping program in the Elkland area, which is being managed by shelter manager Laura Clarson. This is not the program Preble is referring to.

Animal rights contributes to feral cat problem

I read with great interest the letter to this paper from the lady from PETA regarding feral cats. (5/23/19 edition).

My previous criticisms of TNR were the same ones she stated, even though we are at polar extremes regarding animals (animal rights versus animal welfare).

I find it ironic, though, that she criticizes TNR when the animal rights movement is a large part of the feral cat problem.

When the animal rights people began taking over humane shelters, no longer was eutanization acceptable.

To avoid euthanizing animals, only “adoptable” ones were accepted.

This leaves people with no legal options, thus the feral cat problem.

For anyone interested in feral cat impact on human health, read Marcia Bonta’s article in the August 2018 issue of Pennsylvania Game News, the Naturalist’s Eye.

As a rabies vector, cats rank third behind skunks and raccoons.

In addition, those infected with toxoplasmosis (from cat feces), as children can develop schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Given all the impacts on wildlife and humans, my question to TNR advocates: Why aren’t they required to file an environmental impact statement?

James Mucci

Middlebury Center