Help feral cats
The Editor, I am writing this as an animal lover, and in this instance the stray cats (feral cats) of my area.
I have been feeding five to six stray cats that were born under my shed last winter.
I could never catch them so all I did was feed them, which I would continue to do if it were not for one big problem -- they are full of fleas.
My dogs go in and out of the house and are bringing the fleas back in the house with them. I also have one indoor cat of my own that I constantly have to treat for fleas.
I am buying drops and collars and house sprays to try and rid them from the house – with no success. Every time my dogs go out they come into contact with the cats and bring the fleas back in again. Summer is coming and it will only get worse.
I have checked for cat rescue sites on the internet, there is nothing in Stormont-DundasGlengarry.
I tried to find out some information on what to do – someone suggested that I contact the SPCA to find out if they have a trap, neuter, release program.
What the program would involve is the following: trapping the cats, having them neutered, checked for medical problems, treated for fleas and then released back into my area. The idea would be that I would continue to feed them and giving them shelter outside.
I checked with the Cornwall
SPCA, who informed me they did have a program like that, but it had been discontinued, and even if it was still in effect, it was for the Cornwall area only. They suggested that I contact my township or my local veterinary clinic. I phoned North Glengarry Township – they have absolutely nothing to do with cats – they deal with dogs only and
even that is limited. When I asked if they had any suggestion they said (more or less) it was my problem. They could not or would not help in any way with the cats. They could have at least pretended to be helpful about it. So next I tried the veterinary clinics, which did not know if there was such a program or know of any groups who would deal with this type of problem. I was told to call the township; that this would be in line with what we pay our taxes for. I explain that I had already called the township, receiving a very
negative reply with regards to cats.
It was suggested I start a petition – which would be all fine and good - but would not help the immediate problem. Summer is coming – fleas are coming, also more kittens are being born, and the cycle goes on.
I have exhausted all my options in Ontario. I have contacted the OSPCA regarding the program they offer for TNR, but again there is nothing available for our area (SDG).
It has been suggested that I try and trap them and bring them to a facility in Montréal, that they might do it for me, but I live in Ontario and believe I should receive help or information from my own province.
Summer is coming and I believe I will not be the only person in SDG with this problem. I know in Glen Robertson, in Summer the streets are full of cats, some home cats, but most feral stray cats.
It is a constant sound all Summer with your windows open – to hear fighting and howling – the male fighting for female territory.