Arlington feral cats

Posted Monday, Jul. 08, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Contrary to the letter from Liz Holtz, staff attorney, Alley Cat Allies, Bethesda, Md., the Arlington City Council has not approved a change to the city’s feral cat policy. (See: “Saving Feral Cats,” Sunday) The considered change came out of committee and will be taken up by the council in August. The proposed change consists of accepting a policy of “catch, neuter and return” of trapped feral cats.

Last fall this paper published a report of a study done on the damage that cats inflict on birds and other mammals. “Researchers estimate that one pet cat kills one to 34 birds a year, and a feral cat kills 23 to 46. The carnage that outdoor cats inflict is staggering and can no longer be ignored or dismissed.”

As I have written to each of my council members and mayor, I do not have a petition, nor do I belong to a feral cat advocacy group, but I think the idea of purposely releasing a cat back into the wild, with an unknown future for the cat itself, is at the very least, misguided.

— Jill Joslin, Arlington

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