Stray cats in ‘Cat Mecca’ are neutered in operation
Close to 50 stray cats in the town of Houtong ( ) in northern Taiwan were neutered Monday as part of efforts to keep the population of strays there under control.
Veterinarians and staffers with New Taipei’s Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office neutered 49 of about 200 stray cats in Houtong, which is dubbed by some as Taiwan’ s “cat Mecca” and was selected by U.S. cable network CNN as one of six places where cats outshone other tourist attractions in 2013.
The remaining strays will be neutered in different stages, said Chen Yuan-chuan, head of the city’s Protection and Health Inspection Office.
They also vaccinated the 49 cats as a way to protect visitors who might handle them. The personnel also took a census of the cats in the town to better keep track of them.
The popularity of the town has attracted some unscrupulous cat owners to dump their cats in the town, which sometimes leads to outbreaks of infectious feline diseases.