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Des Moines adopts new effort to round up feral cats

December 18, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines City Council has approved a new effort to round up feral cats and then spay or neuter the animals before releasing them back into the city.

The Des Moines Register reports the effort is aimed at helping manage the cat population more humanely. The new ordinance takes effect March 1.

Tom Colvin is the CEO of the Animal Rescue League, which will be administering the program. He says his organization will set traps and then check the captured cats to make sure they’re healthy enough to be returned to areas around the city.

That includes vaccinating and checking the animals for diseases.

Colvin notes that feral cats live all over Des Moines, from neighborhoods to warehouse districts. He says the program should also help reduce the number of cats in local shelters.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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