June 21, 2018
TO THE EDITOR:
In regard to Wednesday’s letter from William Britt “Coexisting with raccoons,” in which he also references so called feral cats, I am sure each every one of us realize that we, as humans, encroach on wildlife habitats each and every day so they are forced to move or adapt to what’s left of their surroundings.
As far as “feral cats” are concerned, I know for a fact that most of them are due to humans that do not spay or neuter their pets, and those humans who abandon them when they move, leaving them suddenly homeless and terrified, instead of taking them to a shelter or finding a new home for them.
As nature goes they reproduce when not attended. But all so called feral cats are not mean. They’re terrified. They run — as long as they’re not cornered.
Feral sounds like a bad term. A lot of feral cats make great pets. The term feral truly does not apply to the majority of cats. I have been trapping and spaying or neutering as well as getting each one a rabies shot.
I’ve currently fixed (spaying/neutering) more than 300 cats in 2½ years, as well as trying to teach people about the importance of spaying or neutering their pets to cut down on the over population epidemic of cats, as well as dogs in our county.
Carteret County currently spends millions of dollars on opioid addicts. Why doesn’t the county and each town provide free spay/neuter and a rabies shot to counteract the problem of feral cats and dogs?
I’ve tried talking to different agencies — to no avail. I would like to see a change for the better. The county Human Shelter Board should help provide funds for this since they obviously have feral animals.