Community Cat Coalition Helps Reduce County’s Stray Cat Population | Lifestyles


ASHTABULA, Ohio – The Community Cat Coalition has worked for two years to help control the stray cat population in Ashtabula County.

So far this year, the group has helped 340 cats, including 33 cats trapped last weekend in Ashtabula, Geneva and Conneaut, said volunteer Kim Fedler.

The cats were sent to area veterinarians to be neutered or neutered.

“We took 16 kittens off the streets this weekend alone,” she said. “Now these kittens no longer have to live in fear of cars, fear of predators, fear of violence against them or lack of food, veterinary care or attention.”

The group has treated 1,100 cats, including about 500 females, through its Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program.

“It’s a huge undertaking,” Fedler said.

The coalition started in January 2020 with a group of dedicated volunteers. In their first year, they fixed 510 cats and raised $19,000, some of it from their own money, she said.

In 2021, they paid to repair 621 cats and raised $25,000, she said.

The Community Cats Coalition helps residents with TNR, which has proven to be the most effective and humane way to control the feral/stray cat population. Volunteers coordinate the trapping of cats, set dates with low-cost spaying clinics, and transport 25-30 cats at a time to and from the clinics. Each free-roaming cat also receives an earmold so that it can be identified as fixed.

The group also helps owners get their indoor or indoor/outdoor cats repaired.

“A lot of people just can’t afford to fix their cats,” Fedler said.

Many people abandon their pets when they move house because they can’t afford to care for them.

This year, the group reached an important milestone: it became a non-profit organization, allowing donors to claim their donations on their income taxes.

Fedler said it’s amazing how fast cats can multiply.

Most cats give birth to four to six kittens per litter and have two to three litters per year. Given the coalition figures, Fedler said the TNR program prevented the birth of 8,800 kittens in Ashtabula County.

City Council Speaker John Roskovics repeatedly applauded the group for their efforts.

“Seeing a problem and then developing such effective strategies to solve that problem is inspiring,” he said.

Fedler said their goal was to find a building and their biggest need was money to cover costs.

To donate to the Community Cat Coalition, go to https://www.facebook.com/Community-Cats-Coalition-of-Ashtabula-County.

To get involved in trapping, transporting, caring for cats or becoming a foster home for kittens, message the coalition’s Facebook page or email [email protected]

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