HAVELOCK, N.C. (WNCT) – A round up of feral cats begins Thursday in the city of Havelock after folks in the community complained about an influx in the area.
“You have people that love the animals whether they’re theirs or not, and then people who say listen “I don’t have pet,s I don’t want them on my property,”” said Havelock Police Chief David Magnusson.
Which is exactly what happened.
It began with a neighborly dispute between one person’s outdoor cat defecating in another neighbor’s garden between the 600 and 800 block of Lee Drive.
“We need to find a happy medium between the two,” said Magnusson.
And to find that happy medium, animal control officers are setting traps for cats for the next 24 hours.
The Havelock Police Chief says the goal is not to collect “pet cats”, but to reduce the number of stray cats in the community.
“Let people know in the given area that this is what we’re going to be doing for the next couple of days. What that does, it gives the cat owners and the pet owners the opportunity to get a hold of their cats, bring them in and keep an eye on them,” said Magnusson.
If your pet cat is trapped it will be taken to the Havelock Animal Shelter where it can be returned by showing proof of ownership.
If animal control finds a stray cat deemed adoptable it will be taken to the shelter for adoption if there is enough room.
If a diseased cat is found, it will be humanely euthanized.
Animal control officers also urge you to keep pets indoors regularly to limit exposure to strays that may have diseases.
“The basic thing to do, in my opinion, is to keep your cats inside,” said Lead Animal Control Officer Stephanie Adams. “Indoor cats are happier, healthier, if you never let them outside they never miss the outside.”
Animal control hopes to get cats in the overnight hours since they typically are more active in the evenings and early mornings.