Friday, September 17, 2010


My mom, grandma, and aunt were interviewed for this story yesterday while they were shopping in Punta Gorda! And they were told they would be on the news (but forgot to watch it).

Cat care people riled over trap plan

Fishermen’s Village has a plan to trap dozens of its feral cats beginning Monday and ship them to the Animal Welfare League.

If that happens, the cats likely will be euthanized, and that has a group of volunteers that has been caring for them for some two years all riled up.

The village’s general manager Patti Allen said Thursday she’s already begun receiving angry calls from animal lovers who are threatening to boycott her business over the plan.

She said she loves animals, too. However, Fishermen’s Village, a resort that has a 114-slip marina, 37 shops and restaurants, and a 47-unit condominium complex, is not the right place for a feral cat colony, she said.

“They’re trying to do the right thing,” Allen said. “I’m trying to do the right thing. I respect their position. I would hope they would respect mine.”

The cat care volunteers have been feeding the cats every morning and trapping a few each week so they could undergo sterilization surgeries through several animal rescue organizations in Charlotte and Sarasota counties. The operation follows the Trap-Neuter-Return rescue model.

The rest of the article here.

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