Nancy Stickney of Quilcene recently trapped her second feral cat for the Pet Pal’s Community Cat program, a gray-and-white male who was somewhat tame, but took three weeks to finally enter the trap. She took him to Hadlock Veterinary Clinic for his neuter surgery, and he’s done fine ever since. This cat, whom she calls “Outside Kitty”, is No. 2000 on our Community Cat Program Log.
“It took five years to reach the 1000th cat and an additional eight years to reach 2000,” says Phyllis Becker, Coordinator of the Feral/Community Cat Program. At first, there were many feral cats in Jefferson County, but in the past few years, the numbers have declined. Our volunteers in Brinnon, Quilcene, Port Hadlock, and Port Townsend all report the same thing. TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) works! As Phyllis notes, our local animal shelter is not overrun with cats. She says “We can all be proud of the program’s success at this milestone.”