Local shelters react to Lewes trapping and removing feral cats
LEWES, Del. – In two quiet Lewes neighborhoods, a small sign is posted notifying residents that feral cats will soon be removed.
The Mayor of Lewes, Ted Becker said, “We have two colonies that have been identified and we posted we will be trapping there.”
Many have expressed concern about the trapping process but the mayor said there is no need to worry.
Mayor Becker said, “We rely on a licensed state trapper to do the trapping so it’s humane traps have a heart traps if you will, so the animal isn’t harmed in the trapping process.”
We’re told the goal of trapping and removing the animal and placing them in shelters is to give them a chance at having a better life.
Mayor Becker said, “No one wants to see an animal run over or otherwise in some way harmed by another animal and then be sick and laying around.”
Many rescue organizations and shelters disagree. They think trapping and removing a feral cat is cruel and that trapping, neutering and returning a cat is the way to go.
Walt Fenstermacher, the Director of the Brandywine Valley SPCA said, “We don’t believe it’s best to relocate feral cats as they can become stressed fearful run away hurt themselves hurt others.”
On top of that, we’re told if you place a feral cat in a shelter chances are they won’t warm up to humans meaning their chances of adoption are poor and they could get put to sleep.
Fenstermacher said, “Also euthanizing cats is not really the solution, we believe in the humane solution, which would be managing a colony through spay and neuter.”
While the Mayor understands this, there is a catch. We’re told the city has no one to perform a trap, neuter and return program for them.
Mayor Becker said, “It is something we would entertain but in one situation in one of the colonies that was done in the past and now the person that was taking responsibility for that that colony is not able to do it.”
So if you have experience and are willing to trap, neuter and return cats, you are encouraged to reach out to the City of Lewes.
Until then, we’re told the trapping process could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
For residents in Lewes, if you have an outdoor cat make sure it’s micro-chipped or wearing a collar so that the trapper knows to return it to you.