Grant sought to curb county’s feral cat population
Mathews County Animal Control Officer Jean Roberts reported to the board of supervisors at its Aug. 27 meeting that she expects to receive a grant to help fund a trap, neuter and release program for feral cats in the county.
Alley Cats, a national organization, helps with the cost of spaying or neutering the cats, vaccinating them and providing ongoing maintenance, said Roberts. She said the funds will be a boost for the network of volunteers she has enlisted over the past few years to provide those services in Mathews.
Roberts said she started a similar program while she was in the U.S. Navy, and locally began recruiting residents to help out when she moved to Gwynn’s Island eight years ago and spotted a colony of feral cats near her property.
She said that a spay/neuter program for feral cats does away with the need for euthanizing the animals, since the procedure keeps them from breeding and a colony will naturally die off over time.