Your Views: Letters to the Editor

Amanda Hage: Vouchers for feral cats

February 23, 2014 

It shouldn’t be news to anyone that Merced County has a serious overpopulation of dogs and cats. What some people might not know is that the ones who should be targeted for spay/neuter are being excluded. Merced County Supervisor Deidre Kelsey allocated some of her district funds for spay/neuter, but the funds are not to be used to spay/neuter feral cats. This was also the case with the vouchers being issued at Merced County Animal Control. I heard a voicemail in which Supervisor Kelsey stated that fixing feral cats “is not the best use of our resources” and that “Merced County Animal Control will come out and trap feral cats and take them to the shelter where they will likely be euthanized.”

I disagree. The best use of resources is to issue vouchers for any animal that the residents of this community are willing to have spayed/neutered and to recognize that the feral cat population is out of control and growing every day – especially with kitten season upon us. Let’s all contact our city/county representatives and ask them to do more to control the population of all dogs and cats!



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