Feral felines on Fogo Island
Town working to trap stray and feral cats
The Town of Fogo Island is working to ensure issues with feral cats around the island don’t get out of hand.
Mayor Wayne Collins says in the past year sights of stray cats have become more common. While the cats were first appearing in Stag Harbour, sightings have spread into town and other areas.
The Gander SPCA had come through the area trapping some of the strays several months ago, but the mayor says the town has taken matters into their own hands.
“We had a couple ladies from Gander (SPCA) come out and provided assistance in trapping them, but their budget is limited for them to continue coming here and doing what needed to be done,” Collins said.
“[Councillor Tracey Hart] took it upon herself to make some arrangements to handle traps that the town has purchased.”
Hart says four feral kittens were recently trapped and brought to the Gander SPCA. According to Hart, the stray cats are not currently a major problem for the island, and they hope these measures will ensure the problem will not become uncontrollable.
“As a town we have limited resources to deal with it,” said Collins. “If the problem magnifies it would be a huge issue for Fogo Island.”
The Central Voice reached out to the Gander SPCA for comment but did not receive a reply by deadline.
Both Hart and Collins stress the importance of pet responsibility, and encourage people of Fogo Island to spray and neuter their cats and to support the local SPCA.
“We hope people will take it upon themselves as much as possible, take the preventive measures of spaying or neutering rather than providing a safe haven for strays,” Collins said. “If there are cats spotted around town let us or the SPCA know and we’ll do our utmost to deal with it.”
Fogo Island Mayor Wayne Collins says sights of stray and feral cats has been a growing concern the past year The town recently purchased traps in hopes of preventing the issue from getting out of control