Quakertown, Pennsylvania neighbors upset over feral cat drawback

QUAKERTOWN, Pennsylvania (WPVI) – A colony of feral cats is quite a nuisance to neighbors in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. The residents are determined to find a home for the animals, but the SPCA says everything has been done what they can.

Gina Ewing and Annette Lunny are some of the Hellertown Street neighbors who looked after the 27 wild cats that live on their block. They have been feeding the cats since their older neighbor moved out.

“These guys are the innocent party here. They shouldn’t have to suffer,” said Ewing.

The cats live in gutters, abandoned sheds, and under porches.

“We all have health problems and all, and we have to do something with these cats. We have to find good homes for them,” Lunny said.

However, the SPCA says this may not be the best option.

“Feral cats just aren’t pets. Basically, like wild animals, they like to live outside,” said Nikki Thompson, chief police officer for the Bucks County’s Human Society SPCA.

The Bucks County SPCA says it got involved when neighbors called. A method called TNR was done on the cats – trap, neuter, release.

“It’s the most humane thing we can do for you,” said Thompson.

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 to make sure all of the cats’ ears are cut off as a sign that they are vaccinated.

“If you don’t want them on your property, don’t put things out to attract them,” Thompson said.

The neighbors say they are determined to find a home for every cat.

“Let them take care of themselves and that’s not the way to go,” Lunny said.

The SPCA says if you have stray cats in your neighborhood, get them spayed quickly. Otherwise, you can see them multiply.

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