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Humane Society Hosts Community Seminar to Address Stray Cat Issue

CENTERVILLE -- An estimated 85,000 stray cats are running wild in Montgomery County.  The Humane Society of Greater Dayton has a plan to lower those numbers but they need the community's help.
 
The Humane Society held a community seminar Tuesday to get the community involved in the controversial method of "TNR," Trapping, Neutering and then Releasing the cats back where it was found.

Despite community concerns, experts Tuesday said this is hands down the best way to control the cat overpopulation.
 
And according to experts, it's a simple equation: decrease the number of cats in the community by reducing their ability to mate.
 
"I''m limited, I'm only one person. I can only do so much, that's why I thought I could get in here and get some volunteers that can help me," meeting attendee Peggy Burneka said.

Peggy and others like her filed into a conference room at the Golf Club at Yankee Trace to hear from the experts who flew in from California and Florida.

"We know that they are fending for themselves, that's why they come to us healthy and that's one of the a-ha moments I had," Dr. Kate Hurley of UC Davis explained Tuesday.

TNR only works for cats that are already successfully surviving on their own.
 
And sterilization does more than just take away their ability to multiply.

Experts say the TNR method reduces the cat population by at least 5,000 felines a year and uses fewer taxpayer dollars to do it.
 
If you want to be a part of the solution you can go to the Humane Society and rent a cat trap to begin the process.

The traps are free to rent. Also free is neutering cats from ZIP codes ending in 03, 04, 10, and 17. It costs $5 for cats found in all other areas of Montgomery County.

 
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