The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has begun rounding up cats that have been living near the Delta Airlines cargo area. Officials claim the cat food left out for the cats attract birds, and in turn, the birds pose a potential danger to aircrafts at the airport. After being rounded up, the cats have been dropped off at an Animal Care and Control shelter.
Many animal rescue organizations fear that the cats will be euthanized after being taken to shelters.
With combined efforts from the NYC Feral Cat Initiative staff, the Animal Care and Control of NYC, and caring volunteers, the first ten cats caught in the Port Authority’s roundup have been saved from being euthanized and have found foster homes. The cats will be evaluated to see if they can become house pets.
“It’s a true inspiration to see the NYC community coming together to rescue these victims,” said Bryan Kortis, Executive Director of Neighborhood Cats. “At the same time, what an outrage that the cause of this travesty is a powerful government agency which has not only defied the community’s will, but repeatedly and boldly lied to its face.”
Kotis added, “If 10 more come tomorrow, I guarantee we won’t have anywhere to put them. We just decided we’d scramble, and how many we could save, we’d save, but it’s only going to be a dozen or so.”
An Animal Care and Control shelter spokesman said that he expects that most of the cats rounded up will be feral and will eventually be euthanized. He added that the shelter will not be able to hold all of the cats that the JFK airport will give them.
Strict measures are also being taken to ensure that the feral cats are not being fed by airport employees. Susan Baer, General Manager of JFK Airport, threatened in a recent memo to penalize any airport employee who is caught feeding cats.