Operation SNIP to get city’s feral cat population under control
By Andrew Beam
The Record, March 24, 2012
TROY — City Council President Lynn Kopka officially announced her Operation SNIP program on Friday with the hopes it will temper the growing population of feral cats throughout the city.
Kopka was joined by Brad Shear, executive director of the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society, Animal Control Officer Kevin McDonough and several volunteers who will help in wrangling up some of the thousands of feral cats spread out across the city.
“There could be 20,000 in the city,” Shear said of the amount. “It’s not abnormal in a city like this.”
Once a cat is recovered, it will not only be spayed or neutered, depending on the gender, but also be vaccinated, have its ear clipped so it can be tracked later and will be returned to where it was originally found.
Kopka said this is more of a preventive measure as keeping the cats from being able to reproduce can help in reducing the feral cat population.
Troy rounding up stray cats for neutering
March 22, 2012
TROY, N.Y. — The city of Troy is trying to get its stray cat population under control.
City officials are calling it “Operation Snip.” They plan to round up 150 stray cats, neuter them, and then set them free.
The city is working with the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, the Rensselaer County Humane Society, and other animal care groups.
City officials said the overpopulation of feral cats is becoming a concern. The Humane Society said they’ve identified South Troy as a “hot spot” for free-roaming kittens being born.
The organizations will start in April, catching about 25 cats a day for surgery and rabies vaccination.
Troy’s “Operation Snip” aims to neuter stray cats, control population
March 22, 2012
An upstate New York city along the Hudson River aims to round up 150 stray cats, neuter them, and set them free in a population control program dubbed “Operation Snip.”
Troy City Council President Lynn Kopka says the program is a collaboration with the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, the Rensselaer County Humane Society and other animal care groups.
Kopka says the overpopulation of feral cats is a concern to residents and businesses throughout Troy. South Troy has been identified by the Humane Society as one of the region’s hot spots for free-roaming kittens being born.
On six days in April, the organizations hope to trap about 25 cats a day for surgery and rabies vaccinations. The wild cats, considered unadoptable, will later be returned to where they were trapped.
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