Castlegar nuisance cat bylaw ‘not a good idea’

Re: ‘We need to do more as a community for our pets,’ (Letter to the Editor, March 17.)

Private citizens using city traps to trap cats on their property in Castlegar? Not a good idea.

A lot of these cats get dumped and have to fend for themselves, which they can’t do. They lead a miserable, short life. There has to be a better way.

Yes, people can keep them in their homes but not everyone is a good pet owner and why should the pet suffer for their owner’s neglect?

Dumped cats who have not been spayed can have litters of feral kittens who in turn have more feral cats and this is how these colonies start. The city should trap nuisance cats and not the public. The trapped cats can then be advertised as found cats in the paper.

It is nice of the pet store to try and help but the cats need to be spayed or neutered before being adopted to new homes. If this cannot be done then, in my opinion, they should probably go to the Nelson SPCA, or the Trail SPCA or Second Chance Animal Shelter in Nelson, or the Kootenay Animal Assistance Program.The cats are required to be spayed or neutered before adoption in these places.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Janet Williamson


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