To the Editor:
Reference letter to the Editor, “Feral cats adding to rabies problem” (June 23 KDH).
It’s no wonder the city has not taken the writer seriously. How do you know these cats are feral, abandoned, not someone’s pet or not vaccinated?
Like all cities there will be cats, and in Copperas Cove, pet cats are allowed outside. This is not the fault of Cove Animal Control. Catching and killing all the cats in Cove is not an answer or possible.
The real problem is that the city has no feral cat plan. In four years of City Council meetings and Animal Advisory Committee meetings, plans to reduce the number of cats in Cove plus steps to fix and vaccinate the remaining feral cats has gone nowhere because of city staff.
Why? Because staff has been paying the council, city manager, humane organizations and residents of Cove back because four years ago they were replaced by two ad hoc committees.
They were replaced because they were not doing their job. Most have quit, retired, resigned, changed jobs or decided to see how long they can stall a feral cat plan no matter how much it hurts the city.
In four years, staff has not come up with one valid reason for not having a city feral cat plan.
We have residents all over Cove working with feral cats and reducing the numbers without any help from staff.
One vet clinic alone from Dec. 4 to March 1, fixed, vaccinated and returned to Cove 69 cats. These were both pets and feral cats. That means that 170 kittens will not be born on the streets of Cove.
If you want to help reduce the number of cats in Cove, then contact the council and tell them to instruct the city manager to get her staff in line with what the council told all concerned to do at the Dec. 4 meeting.
As far as cat scratch fever goes, you would have a better chance of winning the lottery.
President, Assisi Animal Refuge