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Stray Cats Fill Local Animal Shelter

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A city ordinance prohibits cat owners from allowing their cats outside unless they are fixed and supervised, but feral felines don't care about city ordinance.

Because of that, they're often picked up by animal control, and windup at the shelter.

"As we come into summer, we see the numbers go up. It's not unusual for us to receive anywhere from 300 to 500 cats a month," said Lysa Boston of the Joplin Humane Society.

Patty Hayes says she sees a problem with the stray cat population.

"I don't care what alley you go down, you see cats and I think it's a definite problem," said Hayes.

It turns out that warehouses like the one Patty works at can be a prime area for felines to hang around.

"We were just like, oh my goodness, where are the kittens coming from, you know? And there was like two or three little tabbies back there," stated Hayes.

While the kittens in the back of the warehouse found homes with fellow employees, Boston says that the purrrfect to keep feline numbers down is through a trap-neuter-release program like the one that's offered at their low-cost clinic.

"Whether they're feral or just friendly outdoor cats, you can bring them in here and then release them right back out in your neighborhood, we'll tip their ear, and that's kind of the universal sign, if somebody sees that cat to know that cats already fixed," Boston stated.

Boston says that if this program was implemented city-wide, Joplin could benefit financially.

"The city ends up footing the bill for a huge number of cats that have no home and have to come to the shelter," she states.

Hayes thinks that a trap-neuter-release program would also benefit the area.

"I think it's an excellent idea, because that's what happens, is they go out and they just keep repopulating and repopulating and well then we have a problem," stated Hayes.

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