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Cats abandoned by the dozens at Chesterfield feral colony

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WTVR) — In the last ten days, 25 cats have been abandoned near Hull Street and Courthouse Road in Chesterfield County.

Mary Cary, who has cared for a feral colony behind the Big Lots and Martins locations for nearly a decade, said ten abandoned kittens were abandoned Tuesday.

Only six cats, which have been spayed and neutered, are supposed to live in the feral colony. Caregivers said the location is not meant for any more.

Abdandoned Cats

Kittens abandoned Tuesday.

“Abandonment of a cat in Virginia is against the law,” Cary, who described this as the worst case of dumping she has ever seen, told CBS 6 reporter Joe St. George.

Cary speculates the cause for the dumping may be because it is “kitten season” and that there are limited spots in shelters.

Cary argues that leaving kittens in the feral colony is dangerous since there is no guarantee a volunteer will show up.

Mary Cary

Mary Cary talks to Joe St. George at the feral cat colony. 

 

“An animal in a closed-in situation runs a high risk of perishing in the heat,” Cary said.

Several of the kittens abandoned Tuesday are already in the foster care of workers at the Richmond Animal League.

The organization said this underscores the need for cat owners to spay and neuter their animals.

Feral Cat

“The easiest thing  to help control the pet population is to have your cat spayed or neutered,” Elizabeth Thomas, a staffer at RAL, told CBS 6.

Thomas said various services are available through RAL and other animal organizations to ensure owners don’t need to “dump” their four-legged friends.

Cary asks anyone with questions to contact her directly at nodumpingcats@gmail.com.

18 comments

  • chad

    need to see why chesterfield county doesn’t have a law like they do dogs on how many you can have. we had a neighbor that had 10-15 we called plenty of times to animal control was told they couldn’t do anything it was a civil matter. even when the cats stayed outside and went in and out the home. then the home owners just left them when they moved and still nothing could be done but they sure did contact them about the dog they left. (the owners came and got him)… why should we have to spend money miss work to handle this but they have no problem picking up dogs at any time and have laws top how many you can have…

    • Joe

      There should be a limit. There should be laws to force owners/caretakers to keep them inside their homes too. That’d keep the breeding down, limit bird/amphibian deaths as a result, and most importantly, keep random cats from crapping in your kids sandbox.

  • Mo Fiscal Conservatism

    I don’t understand how there can be a “feral cat community” when therr are starving homeless people. Easy solution!!

  • Michael

    Why doesn’t animal control deal with the situation? I don’t understand why nothing can be done with cats. No wonder people feel that they have to abandon cats, if the authorities refuse to do anything about them. There are too many cats out there, and we are crazy if we think they can survive on their own.

    • Yvonne

      Authorities refuse to do anything about them? Michael have you been to a shelter lately? They are overrun with unwanted and abandoned kittens and cats!! They have limited space and when they reach full capacity what do you suggest they do? I would like hear your solution to this problem!! It’s easy to sit back and complain and criticize. That makes you part of the problem!! How about becoming part of the solution by making recommendations about how to resolve this issue?

    • Yvonne

      So you think if people didn’t care about the cats and stopped the TNR program that would stop the abandonment? Thank God there are caring people out there that don’t believe as you do!!

      • MM

        No, that is not what I said. I said TNR enables abandonment, which is true. People see others ‘caring’ for cats and they dump them at these so-called managed colonies. The root cause of cat overpopulation is irresponsible pet ownership. How do you expect we will reverse those behaviors if we condone outdoor lives and deaths for domestic animals through TNR? TNR is re-abandonment, plain and simple. This does not place value on the lives of these animals.

        I care Yvonne, which is why I would never in good conscience release a cat through TNR knowing the risks for the cat and the destruction she will cause to the local wildlife. TNR is a self-serving mis-guided practice.

  • Sal Grey

    10 years and the colony not only continues, but grows? What does that say about the effectiveness of TNR programs to reduce or eliminate feral and stray colonies? Implement a TENVAC program that will protect the cats, and will stop other people from dumping because there is a facility where people can surrender the cats, knowing they will be cared for the rest of their lives.

      • Mike Miller

        Ellen – It’s a distinction without a difference. I’ll repeat it again for you. The reason people dump cats here is because they see the other cats and know someone is feeding them. Stop feeding the cats! I did not say you shouldn’t spay and neuter them. Please do that. BUT – If you feel you must feed them then take them home and keep them in your house or in an enclosure. Not spaying and neutering is what starts the problem, but feeding them is what perpetuates it. You will never eliminate or even significantly reduce the population if you continue to feed the cats.

  • Mike Miller

    The reason people dump cats here is because they see the other cats and know someone is feeding them. Stop feeding the cats! People perpetuate the problem by feeding the cats. How can people be so blind as to not see this? If you feel you must feed them then take them home and keep them in your house or in an enclosure. Not spaying and neutering is what starts the problem, but feeding them is what perpetuates it. You will never eliminate or even significantly reduce the population if you continue to feed the cats.

  • Ellen Gibson

    Great idea! Let them suffer, slowly starve to death, but not before making a couple of dozen more kittens. Starving them to death does not solve the problem at all, it just creates a larger, parasite ridden, diseased feral colony. People are the problem, not the innocent animals.

  • Sal Grey

    Ellen, TNR is an irresponsible dumping program. It repeats the human behavior that created feral cats: abandonment. TNR is unjust, disrespectful, and self serving and hurts the cats themselves.A better choice is TENVAC. TENVAC accepts the responsibility to care for the cats for the rest of their lives. TENVAC also acknowledges and accepts the responsibility to protect human health, wildlife, and property rights. TENVAC does all of this by providing a sanctuary environment where feral and stray cats that cannot be adopted or re-socialized can live out their lives protected and loved. TENVAC reduces euthanasia rates for cities and should satisfy no kill supporters. .

    TENVAC was developed because of love and respect for AL, an equal share of the pie for everyone, not one favored over all others. If someone loves cats, then this is the program for them.

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