Bay City leaders consider trap-neuter-release program to fix stray cat problem

You could call Leslie Prast a foster-cat-mom.

â??I take care of cats until they can be adopted,â?? says Prast.

She can't imagine limiting Bay City neighbors to just three cats per home.

â??We thought it was unfair to responsible cat owners,â?? says Prast.

That's why her organization, Bay Cityâ??s Humane Society and city leaders have come up with a new solution. Itâ??s called â??trap, neuter and release.â??

â??They trap the cats humanely, they get them fixed, they get them vaccinated and they return them to their environment,â?? says Prast.

The new solution coming after an ordinance limiting residents to three cats per home was voted down by city commissioners.

â??We are not about having people---their cats taken away from them,â?? says Richard Finn, Bay Cityâ??s city manager.

Finn says it's more about getting a handle on the stray cat population.

â??You have wild cats in the community that continually breed and create more cats,â?? says Finn.

â??If they're vaccinated, they're not a health threat,â?? says Prasrt. â??If they're sterilized, they're not reproducing."

Cat advocates and city leaders agreeing on a solution, now they have to convince everyone else.

The city manager tells me they're still doing their homework when it comes to this program.

The key issue here is funding. City leaders are hoping local veterinarians will step up and help out or the city could possibly get a grant for the program. We expect to have an answer about six months from now.