Kim Gray, founder of Animal Rescue of Tracy, has been overwhelmed with calls from the local community to help trap, neuter or spay and release such cats.
Gray started a local feral cat program seven years ago and has handled 3,000 cats since then.
“About 50 percent of the cats I bring in to be fixed were once owned by someone,” Gray said. “Because of the current housing situation, many people are losing their homes and just leave their cats behind.
Feral cats that are trapped and taken to the animal shelter are not adoptable according to the California Food and Agricultural code section 31752.5. After three days from the date of impound, the cats are euthanized.
Trapping and releasing allows the cat to live out its life and not add to the feral population.
Lisa Goodin, a veterinary technician at Grant Line Vet, said the “program helps in so many ways.”
“We know it helps with the feral cat overpopulation problem, but it also helps with the health of the cats,” she said. “When cats are fixed, they are less likely to fight and spread diseases. They are also less likely to spray and become a nuisance.”
Gray takes each cat to a participating vet and then returns the cat to the area where it was trapped.
An average week could see 25 cats trapped around town, and as of this week, Gray had a list of 248 cats to trap and fix.
As she tries to keep up with the increasing number of feral cats, Gray is asking for help from volunteers and monetary donations. In addition to traps, money is spent on cat food, medicine, towels and fuel to transport the animals.
Donations for the feral cat program can be dropped off at Animal Rescue of Tracy in the Macy’s wing of the West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, from 11 to 4 p.m. Saturdays or noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Gray can be reached at 609-8220.
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