Chase RubinA local animal welfare organization in the city of Niagara Falls says that stray cats outnumber people living in the town. Leaders of the Niagara County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says that at least 60,000 stray and feral cats room the city.

To be clear, stray cats refer to cats that are lost or separated from their owners and feral cats are wild, non-domesticated animals. Feral cats’ behavior is completely different than a stray cat. There are more feral cats in the US than domesticated as cats are very self-sufficient and able to take care of themselves in the wild.

The sad thing about feral cats is when they are captured they are taken to the local humane society shelter to be adopted. After some time, if no one has adopted them, they are put down. The solution to making sure we put down less animals is to have your pet spayed or neutered.

The situation in Niagara Falls is alarming because the number of strays will continue to increase if no action is taken, such as spaying or neutering the cats.The local SPCA shelter offers spay-neutering which about 50 cats per week being spayed or neutered, but it does not have enough resources to help larger numbers of cats.

It has gotten to the point where the animal control center in the city of Niagara Falls will be issuing more affordable spay-neuter options for residents in an effort to control the issue. I hope to see more progress in this country’s stray and feral cat issue after these stories make headline news.