Animal advocates in Orange County, California, say they steel for the “worst kitten season” because they struggle to get wild cats neutered or neutered.
Before the pandemic was halted for several months, the Orange County Animal Care (OCAC) Return to Field (RTF) program assisted in capturing feral cats, transferring them to shelters to be neutered and vaccinated, and resuscitating them. in their colonies. .
When the program was discontinued last year, volunteers and non-profit traps (TNR) with fall-neutral and release-catching and helping feral cats accepted full responsibility for the animals. With limited resources, hunters are “overwhelmed” because they are worried about the situation of the wild cat.
In Santa Ana, a nurse holds more than 50 cats and pays $ 400 to their pocket for health services, TNR volunteer Romina Y told The Epoch Times.
“It’s really hard for us to keep everything under control, and a lot of the cat rescue groups are unprofitable, and they rely on donations,” said Romina, who did not want her to be used.
Previously, the RTF program helped control an overpopulation of feral cats and protect them from disease, independent Trapper Erika Rasmussen told The Epoch Times.
In 2019, the RTF program received a cease-and-desist letter from a member of the community accusing the shelter of violating the law by abandoning animals. Shortly afterwards, the RFT services ceased without resuming.
“Locally, OCAC has been notified that the release of unknown cats into the community is prohibited,” Orange County spokeswoman Monica Schmidt told The Epoch Times. “We work internally and with members of the TNR and RTF communities to identify and develop options that support public safety and animal welfare.”
Rasmussen advocates for the shelter to bring back the RTF program at least a few days of the month so members of the community can deliver wild cats and be neutered. The public will also take responsibility for taking the cats back, she said.
Without help, more cats will roam the streets of Orange County as the worst kitten season approaches, Rasmussen said.
Rasmussen explained that non-profit vouchers are being made available for peddlers to take in cats for health services. However, the cost of the service is not fully covered, and trappers end up paying out of pocket.
Meanwhile, tramplers like Romina have said they are worried about the fate of the cats.
‘Everyone is overwhelmed, especially because the animals do not take animals, and those who take them are kittens [and] they are not healthy, ”said Romina.
Kittens accepted into the shelter for treatment are then bred before being added to a euthanasia list, she said.
“There are kittens from three to four weeks old, with something as simple as an upper respiratory tract infection that can be easily treated with medication,” Romina said. “It kills us to see all the pictures of the little kittens with a simple cold or ringworm in the list of euthanasia.”
A peaceful protest to put pressure on Orange County Animal Care to return RTF services takes place on June 4 in Tustin.