A colony of feral cats is quite a nuisance to the neighborhood in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. The residents are determined to find a home for the animals, but the SPCA says everything has been done that they can.
– – Here at 4 a.m. today, more than two dozen abandoned cats are proving to be quite a nuisance in a Quakertown, Bucks County community. The people in the area want help finding a new home for the animals but don’t know where to turn. Action News reporter Beccah Hendrickson has her story.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: The neighbors here on Hellertown Street say an elderly woman fed dozens of cats. She left, and now these animals are homeless and wandering the street.
GINA EWING: Come on, Ava, Simba.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: Gina Ewing and Annette Lunny have names for the 27 wild cats that live on their block.
GINA EWING: Tommy–
ANNETTE LUNNY: Dusk.
GINA EWING: Dusk.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: They have been looking after her since her neighbor moved out.
GINA EWING: These guys are the innocent parties here. You shouldn’t have to suffer.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: The cats live in gutters, abandoned sheds and under porches wherever they can find shelter.
ANNETTE LUNNY: We all have health problems and all. We have to do something with these cats, you know? We have to find a good home for them.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: But the SPCA says this may not be the best option.
NIKKI THOMPSON: Wild cats just aren’t pets. Basically, like a wild animal, they like to live outside.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: Bucks County SPCA says it got involved when neighbors called. A method called TNR was performed on the cats Trap Neuter Release.
NIKKI THOMPSON: It’s the most human thing we can do for them.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: Thompson said the SPCA adopted five kittens but the rest returned to their habitat after neutering. She says if the neighbors want to keep feeding her, make sure all of the cat’s ears are cut off as a sign that they are vaccinated. When the neighbors want the cats to go …
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NIKKI THOMPSON: If you don’t want them on your property, don’t put things out to attract them.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: But the neighbors say they are determined to find the cats’ houses.
NIKKI THOMPSON: Let them take care of themselves. And that’s not the way to go.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: The SPCA says if you have stray cats in your neighborhood, get them spayed quickly. Otherwise, they can multiply. In Quakertown, Beccah Hendrickson, Channel 6, Action News.