A group called Aggie Cats is teaming up with the Logan City Animal Control Department in a pilot project aimed at reducing the number of unowned so-called feral cats in the Woodruff and Bridger area neighborhoods. Spokeswoman Ilona Jappinin says her group practices the Trap-Neuter-Return method where cats are fed regularly then are taken to vets for spay or neutering and vaccinations. After that the cats are returned to their accustomed territory. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, Jappinin said her group is looking for residents who can help with the project by donating property for shelters and feeding stations, then helping to feed, trap and build the needed structures. Jappinin said they are also looking for people who can help raise funds for food and medical care. “It’s a horrible life for the cats,” Jappinin continued. “It also creates a health risk for the humans who are in the neighborhood. So when we’re reducing their popuations, it’s really better to keep a small, stable population that will hold that territory rather than to create a vacuum that will then be filled by breading cats that bread out of control.” Jappinin says Aggie Cats has operated successfully on the USU campus where a trap-neuter-return practice has reduced the feral cat population from several hundred to approximately two dozen. For more information, call 752-1298.
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