Brookhaven Forms Task Force For Feral Cats

BROOKHAVEN, NY (WCBS 880) – The town of Brookhaven is launching a task force of volunteers to help trap, neuter and release feral cats.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Problem

The overpopulation of felines is out of control, according to one veterinary technician.

She says humans are to blame.

“Because you have outdoor cats. People have outdoor cats and don’t bother to spay or neuter them and they just repopulate and keep on going,” she said.

Volunteers and veterinarians willing to work pro-bono are asked to contact the Brookhaven animal shelter at 631-286-4940.

The shelter is located at 300 Horseblock Road and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Town supervisor Mark Lesko says it’s man who has created this problem and it’s man who has to fix it.

The task force will be led by town animal shelter director Dori Scofield and will be using a $4,000 grant from the PETCO Foundation.

What do you think should be done about feral cats? Share your ideas in the comments section below!

  • Woodsman

    If you do the research, as I did using data from the most “successful” TNR programs, you’ll easily find that no TNR program has EVER trapped more than 0.4% of existing cats in any one area for over a decade now. (Even Oregon’s amazing 50,000 TNR’ed cats, at the end of this year will have only trapped 0.35% of them in Oregon.) They simply cannot trap them faster than they breed out of control, no matter what they do. And those cats that learn to evade traps go on to produce offspring that now also know how to evade any trapping method used. So not only are >99.6% still and ALWAYS breeding out of control, and spreading their diseases everywhere, and still destroying ALL wildlife (native prey becomes tortured play-toys, native predators starve to death from cats destroying their ONLY food), but TNR fools are also ensuring that any future generations of these devastating invasive-species won’t even be able to be trapped. This is why, due to TNR-Advocates’ insistence that they have “the answer”, that their feral-cat population has now climbed to an ecologically-deadly 150 MILLION feral-cats across the USA. Soon to turn into 1.5 BILLION cats within the year if you apply cats’ breeding rates to previous population numbers. (That’s actually a low low estimate. The real number from calculations spit out by their reproduction rates is closer to 2.4 BILLION.)

  • DanTe

    Just trap the old farts that feeds them and put them away. Problems solved.

    • KA

      The Scrooge fart says let them starve..Karma baby. Maybe in the next world U will be one of them dealing with you. Don’t believe in reincarnation, though the Lord may make some exceptions for fun.

      However, decent peoplr who like animals are interested in a humane method of controling the population and the suffering of these cats.
      If you do feed the poor things–bless you–learn TNR online from Humane Society, ASPCA, NeighborhoodCats, ect, and make sure that these cats do not reproduce. It’s a great feelng when you put that food out and they R all ear nipped and there are no new cats. If you can’t afford the cages, own a car, etc. call/email Neighborhood Cats ot Alley Cat Allies and they can find someone to help U with the process!! And keep on feeding the needy despite the let them starve to death crowd.

  • bullett

    I have a family of four homeless females that I had spayed from one of our city shelters. Cannot say that I’m sorry for doing it. As for the male that someone dropped off at our yard, he too will be next.

  • Dee Madison

    How about Brookhaven reimbursing citizens who trap, spay and neuter cats on their own, using their own money? It costs one individual at least $4,000-$5,000 a year to provide this selfless service. I know someone who does this. He is a hero

  • Marilyn Wellbrock

    Feral cats are a widespread issue that has previuosly been addressed only by individual who try to get these cats neutered through a rescue group or pay for it themselves. They desperately need municipal support. Thanks to Petco and Brookhaven for this support!

  • Joseph Didonato

    People should spay or neuter their own cats, and never let their cats out.

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