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The feral cat population in Baltimore has been an ongoing issue for many years. Feral cats are a direct outcome of owners who have deliberately abandoned their unwanted animals. Every spring, the feral mama cat that lives under a neighbor’s shed has multiple litters of kittens (did you know a female cat can get pregnant up to five times a year?!) These cats tend to lead a difficult, short life. They continue to reproduce and in a few short years, create an entire community of feral cats if interventions are not put in place. In addition to the stressful life these cats live, their existence creates an ecological issues. They kill birds and their feces pollutes our waterways, posing issues to our public health systems.
While there is no easy solution, it is imperative that we band together as a community to make sure these cats are vetted and spayed/neutered. The benefits include: healthier outdoor cats, prevention of unwanted litters; saving taxpayer dollars by keeping cats out of municipal shelters; and decreasing the number of cats needlessly dying in shelters. If you are feeding a stray cat, there are many resources to assist you to receive discounted or free treatment for thems.
In Baltimore City, you may borrow a trap to catch the cats from BARCS (410.396.4695). They will spay/neuter, vaccinate, and ear tip community cats for free. The SPCA on Falls Rd (410.235.8826) offers similar discounted services to city residents. Baltimore County Animal Shelter (in Baldwin) also offers TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) services to County Residents (410.887.7297). If you feed community cats, it is imperative to the health of the colony and our community, that they are taken care of. If you need direct assistance for community cats on your property, please reach out to Melissa Davis, Overlea’s resident crazy cat lady, at firstname.lastname@example.org