Planned Pethood fights growing feral cat populationWritten by Allison Wingate | | email@example.com
The growing feral cat population in Lucas County is a major concern for Planned Pethood. Executive director Nikki Morey said she is determined to fight it with or without the support of tax dollars.
Planned Pethood, a nonprofit organization with the mission of reducing overpopulation of cats and dogs, aims to get a handle on this growing pet population by providing the community with low-cost spay and neutering.
The organization has been implementing programs like these for the past 30 years.
“There are currently 71,000 free roaming feral cats in Lucas County alone,” Morey said. “And, unfortunately, our tax dollars aren’t spent on cats, only dogs.”
According to the Lucas County dog warden’s Web site, cats are not permitted in the facility due to “health concerns.”
Morey said there are many benefits beyond population control for their spaying and neutering program.
“These cats bring disease to the area,” she said. “We trap them neuter them and then release them to the areas where they came from. If you release the cats, it stops fighting and spraying. Then, you have our rodent population under control and no new cats.”
Planned Pethood stresses that it works toward alleviating pet overpopulation in our area only.
“Planned Pethood only focuses on our own backyard; every cat is from the Toledo area, every dog is from Lucas or a surrounding county.”
Working alongside Humane Ohio, Planned Pethood uses grant money and donations to offer low-cost spay and neutering to specific ZIP codes.
“If someone can only afford to reimburse us $5, we’ll accept that.” Morey said. “People have given to us for 30 years and we’re going to try to give back to them.”
For more information on Planned Pethood’s services or membership, visit www.plannedpethood.org.