Erie County's humane society eyes feral cats

Erie County's humane society is launching a series of programs to deal with the area's feral cat problem, said Barbara Hargreaves, the group's director.
Tom Jackson
Nov 4, 2012

 

The humane society once ran a trap, neuter and return program to reduce the wild cat population in the county, but it ended in December 2011 when the program ran out of money, Hargreaves said.

But with the feral cat problem persisting, the group is launching a three-pronged effort to tackle the issue, said Hargreaves, the director for about 18 months.

For starters, a modest do-it-yourself program currently allows local residents to borrow a trap to collect the cats themselves.

“There are several vets who do feral cat surgeries in the area,” Hargreaves said.

The cost runs about $45 to $60.

Residents who want to borrow a cage must make an appointment with the vet first, she said.

Second, the Humane Society has submitted a proposal to the Kenneth A. Scott Foundation of Cleveland for a $25,000 grant to hire someone for 20 hours a week to run a new trap, neuter and release program.

The program will cover part of the costs for surgeries, although residents using the service would be expected to pay something, Hargreaves said.

“It’s going to be a 'hand-up,'" she said. "It’s not going to be a handout."

The group’s executive director, H. Richard Obermanns, was scheduled to visit the humane society Thursday to perform an on-site inspection, so it appears the grant request is being taken seriously, Hargreaves said.

An announcement is expected by year’s end.

The Scott Charitable Trust, which promotes humane treatment of animals, began in 1995. A Form 990 filed with the IRS this year shows the trust had net income of about $996,000 in 2011 from investment assets of about $19.3 million.

It paid about $863,000 in grants to various animal protection groups, including animal shelters in Ohio that received money for feral cat programs.

A third program aims to set up a surgery center, for feral cats, at property Erie County's humane society owns at 1915 Superior St., next to the humane society building.

“I’d like to see it done in 2013,” Hargreaves said.

The site is currently occupied by a vacant house, but it's being demolished. Sandusky firefighters will burn it as part of a training exercise over the next few days.

Brett Kromer, of GreensMe, has agreed to deal with the resulting debris, including filling in the basement.

Hargreaves said the humane society will soon concentrate on obtaining grant money to build the surgery center. Naming rights are available for any donor who would care to step forward.

Comments

titanfan84

People don't waste your money there are plenty of hunters and trappers out there and it won't cost 45 to fix them it will get rid of them we are all tired of the stray cats do a controlled hunt lol

titanfan84

My kids a great. My oldest wants to get into hunting I have live traps in my garden for problem animals and I don't relocate them or get them fixed she is always asking me to bring a rabbit home for dinner. I'm a dog person but had to put her up for adoption cause to kids and the dog just didn't get along. People need to take responsibility for their stupid cats

beepx22

Then you should be responsible enough to teach your oldest that one should hunt for food, and use what they kill, do you plan on killing and eating cats?

Factitious

NATIONAL AUDUBON feral cats article:

http://archive.audubonmagazine.o...

Licorice Schtick

OK, so now we can't include links without triggering the "span filter"???!!!

http://www.crossna.com/forum/fil...

BytheBy

titanfan84

You are disgusting. We should have YOU fixed! I can only imagine if/when you have children what pieces of dirt they will be.
Ignorance breeds ignorance!

JERRY from SANDUSKY

Please give us your Address. Will catch and release in your yard. No joke

ladydye_5

Let me guess you are a CAT person? Well I am a DOG person, I adopted my dogs, I paid to have them taken care of (spayed, medications, vaccines, etc) I also paid for the license that is REQUIRED by law. I also have a collar and a leash as required by LAW. Every CAT owner should be required to do the same! If my dog is in your yard, you can call the dog warden and have me charged with "dog at large".....WHO do I call when there is a STRAY cat in my yard, doing its business and spreading fleas and disease to my dogs????? Yes I have relocated a few cats in my day. I am tired of my house/porch smelling like cat P!$$, or working in my flower beds and finding cat $h!t. Call me what you want. If you want to own a cat fine. Keep in in your house, put a leash on it outdoors, by a license, and YOU pay to spay/neuter it. WHY ON GODS GREEN EARTH should other people PAY to have a cat spayed/neutered? I pay to take care of my own animals, I am NOT paying for others. This is a problem in MANY places and the SAME debate goes on and on. The idea of trap, spay, release is NOT the answer. THat allows the cats to still infest the neighborhood with FLEAS, spread disease, and spray their scent all over! Not a total fix. IF you can to own a cat, KEEP IT IN YOUR HOUSE!.

Cassidy

You know what I don't appreciate? I don't appreciate scumbag felons living in my neighborhood infesting my neighborhood with crime. I don't appreciate scummy people throwing their trash out their car windows and having it land in my yard and I have to go out and clean it up. I don't appreciate other people's kids tramping through my yard. I don't appreciate boom box music blaring from the cars that pull into my neighbors driveway. I don't appreciate using a public bathroom only to find some filthy human pig left a disgusting mess behind.

Why on GOD'S GREEN EARTH should I have to put up with filthy humans and all the crime, stink, filth, trash, and destruction they leave everywhere they go? Got an answer for that????

I'll take a stray cat in my yard any day over human garbage.

No matter what the humane society does to try to help feral cats you people will never be satisfied. All you do is b*tch and complain and post garbage about shooting cats and killing them and you think it's funny.

Someday you are all going to have to answer for the way you have treated God's creatures.

Darwin's choice

move!

JERRY from SANDUSKY

Please give us your Address. Will catch and release in your yard. No joke

car 54

Someone needs to contact Milan, Ohio.

ROTFLMAO

Hey Sandusky, why is it that dog owners have to buy tags and keep their pets contained and leashed, but the law does not burden the cat owners. I'm fed up with the cats running free around my property.

JERRY from SANDUSKY

I totally agree I have H S dog retread my comments

Yellow Snow

Where does a local resident go for a REASONABLE cat spay or neuter? We had a kitten show up yesterday, we are a dog family. We will probably keep her, it's turning too cold to put her back outside to fend for herself. A reasonable spay would appreciated

SamAdams

Go to http://4petsclinic.com/

They pick up/drop off animals after performing VERY reasonably priced surgeries, vaccinations, etc. You can register online for the next pick-up in the area.

For the record, I've taken advantage of their services for several years now. Everything they've done has been of excellent quality and even better value.

Yellow Snow

Thank you! I will be on the phone Monday. We'd really like to keep her. My husband was recently diagnosed with cancer, and he's miserable and very ill. Treatment starts tomorrow. Animals have a way of calming a bad situation, I just knew she showed up for a reason. The prices at this clinic will allow us to keep her healthy.

KURTje

Yellow snow, Wyndot County @ $30.00 each? (its been awhile) By the by if your cat or dog ruins my rabbits, did you know by law I can destroy it? I had a small rabbitt operation. Each must be responsible for their actions/items. Its that E-z.

BytheBy

My cats do not go outside and my dogs are ALWAYS on a leash.
Next argument??

Mommy25

Isn't it sad that animals have to pay the ultimate price for human ignorance. Irresponsible, the word that describes the largest amount of the population. Whatever you decide you don't want anymore ..... just kill it. Spouses, children, unborn babies, animals ....

SamAdams

Cats don't need licensing if responsible owners would keep them indoors. Cats don't need to go outside to relieve themselves, and they SHOULDN'T go outside to roam. Danger is everywhere, from dogs to cars to disease.

For those complaining about feral cats, how, pray tell, would licensing them help? The poor things are already loose, frequently because cruel people can't be bothered to care for their pets and who then go on to breed even wilder populations.

I'm entirely on board with a trap and release program. Existing colonies will keep any others from moving in, and spaying/neutering means those colonies will eventually fade away on their own since the populations won't grow.

Mommy25 is sadly all too right. Animals are living, breathing creatures who feel pain, fear, and hunger just like you do. They also, however, feel love and gratitude. Those who choose to increase the former and ignore the latter are less in their souls than the poor animals they abuse, whether by intent or simple disregard. Animals are NOT disposable commodities!

ladydye_5

BUT....why should I need to trap and PAY to have someone else's animal taken care of. I take care of mine! And just because the animal is spayed/neutered it still spreads disease and fleas/parasites. Also if they are feral cats and someone has turned them out....why is it so cruel of me to trap and remove them from the area? People can not have it both ways. Feral cats are NOT pets....so why must we treat them as so? If you have a raccoon, skunk, opossum, rat or other varmint do you want to trap, spay and release it? OR do you REMOVE IT?

Mommy25

If you get mugged, it isn't the polices problem but they are still there to help. Abandoned, abused and neglected children are maybe not yours, but someone needs to help care for them, both financially and physically. The old and handicapped are maybe not your problem, but again they need care and help. People affected by disasters may not be directly related to you, but they need help. Ferrel cats may be somewhat of a nuisance at times, but they keep the mice and rat population under control. There are natural repellents you can add to your flower beds to keep them away from specific places. If people would accept responsibility for their actions (getting an animal), we wouldn't have such a huge problem. But, as I've said for years .... People won't even care for their own children anymore, how can we expect them to care for their animals. The problem is much bigger than people care to acknowledge.

ladydye_5

Are you really trying to compare a feral cat with god knows what diseases and parasites to a mugging victim? Or abused children? WOW...Not even on the same page in my book. I have tried the natural repellants, they do NOT work. I have accepted my responsibilities, I have 2 kids I take care of and I have 2 dogs I have adopted and taken care of. A feral cat is NOT my problem, if it is MY yard and threatening the health and safety of my family I will take care of it though. I realize people love their animals like family. BUT if you are going to put people and the help they need on the same page as feral cats and how we need to help them then your priorities are different than mine.

Advocate For Animals

I have to wonder just how many diseases and parasites you have caught from animals versus how many viruses, diseases, etc. you have caught from other people.

JERRY from SANDUSKY

Yes swine flue is one

BytheBy

If you fall on hard times, YOUR children being fed are NOT my problem either. But you will use my tax dollars.
The difference between us, I I have compassion/. You, well you are just disgusting.

Factitious

Sam is right. Pet cats should be kept indoors.

The only cat you should feed is one you keep indoors. Feeding and housing feral cats just compounds the misery and makes the problem worse.

As always, death threats may be sent to:

iLoveAnimals2@FoolsNotSoMuch.com

deertracker

Shoot 'em!

Cassidy

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Remarks that discriminate based on age, race, religion, disability, etc..

Julie R.

I'm not a violent person but I swear if I ever saw any low-life abusing a helpless animal, I would be sitting in a jail cell.

JERRY from SANDUSKY

Julie Please give us your Address. Will catch and release in your yard. No joke

JERRY from SANDUSKY

Give them to the chinese..........CAT FOO YUN

titanfan84

No I don't eat cat but I do eat what I kill but I agree with Jerry from Sandusky give them to the Mekong Chinese place I'm sure they would enjoy the free meat or victory kitchen

KURTje

We need to worry about people 1rst. Abortion of humans is sick. Job elimination of profitable operations displacing families/single moms should be a bigger mandate.

ski

feral cats decimate small wildlife, including birds and small mammals. When their population gets out of control, they need to be euthanized quickly.

Cassidy

Humans kill and destroy more wildlife than feral cats. Perhaps we should start quickly euthanizing humans. We could start with the hunters.

Julie R.

Your comment reminds me of a statue that I saw at one of the stores in the mall. It shows a deer walking on two legs carrying a gun with a dead hunter strapped across his back.

I thought that statue was hilarious!

BEHAPPY

Some of the comments from IGNORANT people right here are the reason the cats are in trouble~ So called "humans" are the reason there are so many homeless cats.
TITANFAN~I believe I know who you are~From your ignorance I might add~ I can only hope to GOD there are not two of you~the problem with the world today is because of people like YOU and what you teach your children~you are one hateful, miserable person to teach your children the same exact ignorance as you have in yourself.
As for the other haters here who are killing cats~usually macho males~it will only be a matter of time before you are caught~I WILL report you if I ever find out. There are many people out here that are fighting for stiffer penalties on animal abuse/killings!
As for LADYDYE maybe you should open you heart and help to get those cats altered~they will not spray your precious yard~it is a male marking~not *iss!
Why should you pay? Maybe to help~I had neighborhood cats altered and they are the only ones in this "territory" anymore and guess what............No more mice because of my trashy filthy "human" neighbors! Imagine that!!!!
This world because of people like the ones right here in these blogs.
As for KURT~there is help for people out there with different issues~this story if about "cats"
As for DEERTRACKER~ignorant of all ignorant~ Must be the guy that used to live around the corner from me~He got his macho man jollies off by shooting cats~He moved~sorry for the homeless cats whereever he moved~you'll get yours and so will the others.
GOD doesn't like UGLY!

Darwin's choice

I think a little A-1 sauce on them makes them more apealing to the natural predators....

JERRY from SANDUSKY

You sound like a man hater

BEHAPPY

*This world is a mess because of people like the ones right here on these blogs
I meant to say

Unabasho

~
Calls others ignorant
Can not edit own article
Gotta love the blogs
~

BEHAPPY

Amen to your comments CASSIDY ; )

JERRY from SANDUSKY

Please give us your Address. Will catch and release in your yard. No joke

Advocate For Animals

In the spring of 2010 with the help of the Humane Society of Erie County and their trap/neuter/release program I was able to get 7 feral neighborhood cats spayed and neutered. It has been an absolute blessing not only for the cats but for me as well. No more helpless kittens to worry about and what fate they would meet at the hands of someone like those who post here with their ignorant and irresponsible comments. The lack of compassion for another living creature never ceases to amaze me. Anyone who would promote shooting an innocent animal wouldn't hesitate to blow the head off another human being either. Their lack of compassion towards animals leads to the same towards their fellow man.

For anyone who cares about cats and wants to help the ferals I highly recommend the trap/neuter/release program. I know from experience that it works and the program it an asset to any community that wants to put an end to unwanted kittens being born.

JERRY from SANDUSKY

Yours was free Now we have to pay......Please give us your Address. Will catch and release in your yard. No joke

Unabasho

Unabasho fears all cats.

KURTje

Bad for you Behappy. Life is what you make it. Walking independent is the best way. I sleep great at night.

queenjhb

many cat owners are so negligent, there should be a mandatory neuter and spay for all cats over 4 months old. owners should be fined for allowing cats to breed w/ out a permit. neighbors should report those that are not responsible pet owners. cats are mammals ,they feel pain , hunger and suffer greatly, they can receive love, and be very loving. the problem is people,neglectful humans. being humane you put yourself in the position of the innocent, feeling and seeing what they see, then you can have empathy for another creature. We should come together to fix this situation humanely, not w/ hateful, cruel actions. taking care of the innocent, suffering creatures, that a human has neglected, is selfless compassion,is good for the soul, those believeing in a higher power know we are answerable for our actions on this earth, others care because they are compassionate people. Please dont hate these innocent animals, it is a humans fault they are in the position you find them in.be a positive part of this solution , we all can do it. Report those that just let there cats breed to the Humane Soc. in your neighborhood. A visit to there home may help them see the problems they are causeing, a followup visit , w/ fines could help too. Spay and Nueter your cats , its cruelty not to do it .

JERRY from SANDUSKY

You got it Queen

BEHAPPY

I can edit~didn't feel like wasting the time on people like you....K??? Rather take the time and energy to love animals. I love CATS!

JERRY from SANDUSKY

Why take the time to post

Please give us your Address. Will catch and release in your yard. No joke

BEHAPPY

I can edit~didn't feel like wasting the time on people like you....K??? Rather take the time and energy to love animals. I love CATS!

BEHAPPY

ADVOCATE FOR ANIMALS~great comment~I also took the time to trap (humanly) 5 homeless with the help of trap, neuter and release! It was a great program~mother is no longer having litter after litter and 4 are doing well! Just buried one of the 5 because of some hater : ( Most of my neighbors have no problem with them, they are happy to no longer have the mice problem and no more little kitties without a home.
Thank you trap, neuter and release for what you did for them!!
I bet I sleep even better than KURT knowing I make a difference for helpless animals that some ignorant human threw out! Life is good when you care! As independent as they come!

ladydye_5

I am not sure where you live to have such a problem with MICE. I have no mice and NO rats. I also have no cats. My neighbors have the SAME problem I do, the SMELL of "male marking", the SMELL of cat $h!t, the sound of reproduction. My neighbors have asked to borrow our humane trap. We have NEVER killed a cat. We even found a home for the tiny kitten that wandered into the yard. MY point is WHY do I need to pay for SOMEONE else? IT is NOT my responsibility to take care of someone elses pet. If my dog would wander out of my yard and travel the neighborhood, someone would call the cops, someone would call the dog warden. I would then be fine/arrested for DOG AT LARGE. Noone would pay to spay/neuter my dog. Noone would then release my dog to continue to wander the neighborhood. WHY are cats not covered by LAW? We know where the come from we watch them all spring/summer from our front porch, the family there does NOT care at all, they put out a BUCKET of food and go back in the house. Why can't I call the CAT WARDEN to put a stop to it? Why can't they be fined/arrested for animal neglect/abadonment? OH thats right, NOONE makes cat owners be responsible.

KMK

Why do you keep referring to them as someone else's? These are feral cats that don't belong to anyone. You aren't being forced to participate in this program. It is an optional program for people that want to help the animals and control the cat population. Sounds like a win/win situation to me!

BytheBy

You just don't get it! These are feral/stray animals. You keep blaming the mysterious owners. There are no owners. But part of that do you not understand? The only humane thing is to t/n/r.
Killing an animals just for the sake of killing it is wrong on so many levels. It seems you do not have compassion for anything or anyone.
I feel so sorry for you.
On a side note, YES you have mice around you. Mice are everywhere. You not seeing them just means those cats you do nothing but complain about are keeping the population down.

ladydye_5

I do get it....we watch the people that live across the street FEED these cats, they have kittens EVERY SPRING, then they have MORE,every mating season. Apprently you do not get it either, I said I HAVE NEVER KILLED A CAT!. I do have compassion.

edgeOfH20

2 eyes
2 ears
2 nostrils
2 front paws
2 back paws
1 tail
~"Sounds like a puppy", says my grandchild,
"Wait..That sounds like a kitty"
"Well, actually it all sounds like it could be any one of God's creatures, just don't forget,they also ALL have
a brain and
a mouth and
a face and
whiskers and fur..."~
Who woulda thunk
...this grade schooler has it all figured out
Its just a shame that some of the 'so called' adults that have commented about this article haven't got a clue, & so so sad they probably never will

pptrsha

a few years ago we had a huge number of cats being dropped off in front of our house!! we took them in fed them handled them and gave them away to new homes. i am not exaggerating when i saw it was close to 80 cats and kittens. we had a free kitten ad in the paper for a whole summer we were buying 50 lbs of cat food a month and we never saw another mouse! there is a field behind our house! somewhere along the way one of the cats had cat scratch disease and made my granddaughter sick the hospital said they are seeing a lot of cases of this now it used to be common in big places like texas not so much in ohio. until now. we have remodeled houses all over this town and because there is a body of water close by RATS AND MICE ARE EVERYWHERE

Licorice Schtick

You need coyotes.

BEHAPPY

Sick macho man

Licorice Schtick

Coyotes will take care of mice, rats, cats, rabbits, chickens...

BEHAPPY

Sick macho man

luvblues2

One good shot equals a dead cat. Dead cats don't get hungry nor do they feel pain.

BEHAPPY

Sick macho man who I will turn in if I ever found out who you are

luvblues2

Turn me in for what?

BEHAPPY

All BIG men~Go pick on someone your own size big boys

BEHAPPY

That's real men helping animals

queenjhb

Behappy, I showed that photo to all my co-workers,[smile] they all had the same response"ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh"

queenjhb

ladydye-5-your neighbors sound horrible, please report them ,maybe they can be educated on the harm they are createing for these cats and kittens.You have a right to a safe, clean yard, its not the cats fault, its there owners fault. Get neighbors to sign a petition, and submit it to these neighbors, telling them you are all aware of all those cats and would love to help the neighbors w/ the problem. Helping them by coming together w/ a helping hand and support for a working solution. Everyone needs help sometime.If they dont have a positive response,report them for animal abuse, it is after all ,neglect.

WaterStreetCooncat

We're smart enough to know you don't like us...that's why we pee in your garden. We don't kill our own like you do either. You say, "I'm not much of a cat person", well I'm not much of a person cat.

BEHAPPY

LOVE IT ; )

BEHAPPY

Seems they just don't like CASSIDY~seems ok for the people to stay here that say absolutely HORRIFIC, AWFUL things they do to cats or what they would do. Sad

LadyC

I think the program sounds like a good idea. It sounds like it could use a little more consideration, such as, are the cats returning to the neighborhood they were caught in? Where are they released? High traffic areas would be dangerous, and with nasty people like some of those on here, intolerant of the animals, their neighborhoods don't sound like great places either. I don't know why cats bother anyone, personally. They are reasonably independent, keep the mice away, and are pretty and pleasant animals. Too bad there aren't a few Back to the Wild type cat sanctuaries, where they could run in a less hostile and concrete environment. People really need to have a heart. Cat hoarding is disturbing and unsanitary, but I think some of the reason people have gone that far is because they want to save all the strays, and are afraid of all the nasty people hating on the poor creatures. And to those who are so bothered, I hope a bird craps all over your car, mice overrun your house, and squirrels dig up your yard. It's their city too!

queenjhb

LadyC A cat sanctuary is a wonderful idea, there has to be some successful examples out there. I like the way you think.

LadyC

I looked online at some of the existing cat sanctuaries. Some of them are really nice! Most of them are in New York, one in California. The problem in this area would of course be funding, it seems the county applies limited funds when it comes to animal rescue, etc. I don't know where they got the property, it may have been donated. But it would be great if there were a farm or large lot on the outskirts of town. The animals aren't caged, and they have special areas for the ones recovering from sickness (no kill, and one had a cemetary. It made me wish I had the $$$ to start one.