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CCAS can no longer help with cats

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Editor:

This year, it seems Carroll County has been overrun by homeless and feral cats and kittens. In fact, many counties in the area have seen an explosion of cat populations.

Part of the problem is that people aren’t making sure their pets are spayed and neutered. A female will have a litter, but no one wants the kittens so they are dumped someplace out in the county. Those that survive go on to have more litters, and the problem continues to escalate.

We have been inundated with calls from residents asking us to take in their cats and kittens, and we have had to turn them away. We already have more than two dozen cats and kittens in foster care with no sign of anyone wanting to adopt them. Rescue organizations throughout the state that care for cats are full, too.

Therefore, Carroll County Animal Support can no longer take in any cats. It breaks our hearts to have to say no, but we have no other option.

Please do not call our members to ask them to solve your problem and take your cats.

And even more importantly, please don’t dump them on our doorsteps. This has happened time and time again, and it’s one of the reasons we can no longer help.

Another part of the problem is that our county shelter does not take in cats. Granted, if they did, many would have to be euthanized because of the overpopulation problem. However, though our organization strives to reduce euthanasia, we feel it would be far more humane than allowing cats and kittens to fend for themselves in our cities and in the country.

So many feral cats become sick and die, and they can pass those diseases to others – including beloved pets.

If you live in an area or neighborhood being overrun by cats, please call your magistrate, your mayor, your city commissioner or councilman, or the county judge-executive’s office. This is an issue that needs to be taken care of, and we must call upon our local government officials to help us solve this problem.

Tammie Crawford

Executive Director

Carroll County Animal Support