Humane Society of Greenwood executive director Karen Pettay addresses Greenwood County Council during this week's administration and finance committee meeting.
(Chris Trainor | Index-Journal)
The Humane Society of Greenwood and Greenwood County Council are set to test a new method in an attempt to help control the feral cat population in Greenwood.
Humane Society executive director Karen Pettay appeared before County Council at this week’s administration and finance committee meeting. Pettay is proposing the Humane Society begin a “pilot project” — known as Project Kangaroo — in which a trap-neuter-release program for feral cats would be attempted.
According to information provided by Pettay, feral cats are cats that have, to some degree, reverted to a “wild” state. They originate from formerly domesticated cats that were lost or abandoned, then learned to live in environments involving little human contact.
In most cases, feral cats are not completely wild, as they depend on people for food, in some form or another.
Many people also refer to feral cats as “free-roaming” or “community” cats.
Feral cats are a problem in Greenwood County, as the population of such cats is estimated at about 12,000. In 2012 and 2013, 784 feral cats were euthanized at the county’s animal shelter.
To address the problem, Pettay is proposing a trial run of a trap-neuter-release (TNR) project.
With TNR, the cats in a feral cat colony are trapped, neutered/spayed, vaccinated against rabies, then returned to their territory.
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