I invite Sylvania City Council members to see the healthy, well-fed, neutered feral cats in my West Toledo neighborhood before they pass any more unenforceable laws (“Animal advocates decry law about feeding strays; Groups urge live trap, neutering for feral cats,” July 23).
Several of us have addressed this problem over the past few years by pooling our resources in a fund, from which we pay for cat food, spaying and neutering, veterinarian bills, and euthanasia for sick or injured neighborhood cats.
People are the real source of a feral cat population. People will continue to abandon pets and let their cats reproduce.
Well-meaning neighbors who try to lessen the suffering of these animals should not be penalized. When I see outdoor cats lick frozen puddles for water, or try to catch mice under the snow, I believe I have a moral duty to help them. Along with this duty come joy and a sense of community.
Start with food and spaying or neutering, find some like-minded neighbors, and over time you won’t need a law.
Care about cats? Then adopt them
The animal advocates who decry the Sylvania law against feeding stray cats ignore the fact that Humane Ohio only traps and neuters cats before returning them to the neighborhood. It does not test for toxoplasmosis, which can cause permanent blindness and disabilities to unborn fetuses, and roundworms.
Children and immune-compromised people, such as cancer patients, are susceptible to being infected with these parasites from the feces of stray cats.
If people truly care for these cats, they should adopt them and care for them in their homes.
Editor’s note: A Humane Ohio spokesman said the test for toxoplasmosis is complicated, but that the chance of human exposure to that parasitic disease is small. The agency provides clients with a deworming treatment at an additional cost.
Cat law ignores volunteers
The ordinance passed by Sylvania City Council that prohibits feeding and providing water to wildlife and stray animals is shortsighted and will not alleviate the city’s stray cat problem.
In the past three years, I have assisted in trapping and neutering 22 cats. All of them were born under the same backyard deck on Vicksburg Drive. If I had not gotten involved when I did, my neighborhood would be home to dozens more stray cats.
Without volunteers to help control the cat population, cats will reproduce without control and without rabies vaccinations.
Empty bottles must be recycled
Because Toledo’s water emergency affected 500,000 people, there probably are millions of containers of bottled water in circulation (“Fulton Co. residents offered extra recycling,” Aug. 5). People should be good citizens and recycle the empty bottles.