To the Editor:
I am the founder of Kathy’s Kitties, a low-cost spay/neuter clinic that specializes in trap-neuter-return as part of an overall comprehensive feral cat plan for feral/stray cats. I have a clinic in downtown Killeen that has been in business for four years now. I have helped colony caretakers of ferals from Lampasas to Waco. We have helped stabilize colonies of ferals at the Gatesville prison of more than 300 cats.
I was on the ad hoc committee for Copperas Cove and I agree with George Fox (Letters, June 30) that they have been stalling for years with many excuses. One of their favorite excuses is a health concern. I can tell you that there is no reason to be concerned with that. We have spay/neutered more than 2,000 feral cats and have tested many. Less than 2 percent were tested positive for feline leukemia, or FIV. Very few of these cats were treated for fleas and worms. The most common ailment we have seen was an URI, which is not contagious to humans. If there was a health issue with feral cats, I don’t believe there would be so many people willing to care for them.
The other excuse the city council has used was they don’t have the funds for it. I am not sure where they get the idea that they would have to pay, but I know for a fact that residents are already using their hard-earned money to care for these cats and they are not asking for help.
Many cities are already accepting TNR and there are many grants available to help them. Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and Killeen, to name a few, are using TNR because they know it works and have not had any problems. So why does Copperas Cove think they are the only ones seeing a major problem with it?
Copperas Cove laws are making upstanding and law-abiding citizens criminals and this needs to be stopped. Copperas Cove has already made some big changes for the better, and the only way to manage feral cats is to keep them from reproducing and vaccinated. That is why TNR works. If they are vaccinated, they cannot get rabies. We cannot prevent irresponsible pet owners from abandoning cats, so this is the best way to control the overpopulation of feral cats.