CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Huntington-Cabell-Wayne Animal Shelter has a new Feral Cat Protection Program.
According to a release from the shelter, they will stop impounding feral cats, who are almost always killed in shelters, and instead support Trap-Neuter-Return and only accept healthy feral cats.
As part of this program, the Friends of the Shelter is going to reduce cat overpopulation in the area through the TNR program, neutering the cat and returning it to where it came from.
Officials say it is important to return the cats from where they came and cats that are neutered live improved lives, gain weight and cease mating behaviors. They also make less noise, fight less and stop spraying.
Shelter officials say that while feral cats are the same species as pet cats, they live outdoors and are not socialized to people, and most feral cats who enter shelters do not have positive outcomes, because they are not adoptable.
If you have a cat colony, or feral cats in your area, or if you would like to get involved in reducing the cat overpopulation, contact Friends of the Shelter at 304-634-5202.