Fixing cats a good call
August 8, 2017
The prospect of a multitude of feral cats roaming Douglas County's more urban areas should be sufficient to drive some folks to action.
Certainly, it was enough for the Douglas Animal Welfare Group to start a catch, neuter and release program that is costing a tenth of its budget.
Out in the rural areas of the county, predators help keep the cat population down, but in town colonies of the cats are starting to take over.
That cats are considered free-roaming animals by both county code and state law makes a little bit of sense.
Cats are just at home out in the wild as they are in the living room, and keeping the rodent population down is a valuable service they perform.
Cats do catch diseases, though aren't a particularly common vector.
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The only human plague death in Douglas County over the last half-century was Dec. 28, 1978, when Johnson Lane resident Marguerite Litsinger succumbed to the plague which she caught from her cat.
Health officials at the time called for an all-out effort to reduce the cat population in the Johnson Lane neighborhood.
Just as it makes sense to dart wild mares with birth control, so it makes sense to ensure the cat population is kept under control.
We appreciate the efforts of the welfare group to reduce the number of cats and urge residents to help anyway they can, whether by trapping feral cats or by donating to help fund the effort to fix the cats.