Editorial: Sterilizing feral felines reduces wild population

May proved to be a significant month for the Johnson County Animal Shelter. For the first time in a decade, the shelter euthanized no cats.

Animal control director Michael Delp attributes that first kill-free month for cats to the Johnson County Humane Society’s new spay and neuter program for roaming cats. The humane society started recruiting cat caretakers in August. Volunteers catch cats to get them spayed or neutered and then release them back into the areas where they were caught.

The shelter works to find tame cats homes, and the humane society returns the others into feral cat colonies or releases them in barns, human society board president Janet Gorrell said.

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