Thunder Bay approves pilot project to deal with feral cats
City hopes program will reduce feline population, save citizens money in the long run
City council is moving ahead with a six-month pilot project aimed at controlling the feral cat population in Thunder Bay.
The project, approved by councillors Monday night, comes with a $13,000 price tag. The city intends on trapping, neutering and releasing stray cats with the help of volunteers and veterinarians.
Volunteers will trap the cats, bring them to vets for sterilization and return them to their cat colonies.
The goal is to have cats in their colonies "age out," while also living healthy and happy lives.
"The majority of cats in shelters are feral and stray," said Emily Hopkins with Superior Street Cats, the group behind the program.
"Last year, over 800 cats were euthanized by animal services, costing $15,000 for the euthanasia portion alone."
The city hopes the program will end up saving taxpayers some money as the cat population declines with more felines becoming sterile.