Feral Cats To Be Trapped And Most Likely Euthanized In Chantilly, Virginia

catAn estimated 200 feral cats at a trailer park in Chantilly, VA will be trapped and most likely euthanized starting next week, according to a local animal control officer.

Trailer park residents have been working since 2002 with Alley Cat Allies to control the stray cat population in humane ways. Volunteers have set out food and have been trapping animals to vaccinate and spray or neuter them.

But other residents have been frustrated with the cats and have complained about the damage they have done to their gardens and the mess that they have left.

The Meadows of Chantilly hired a company that will begin trapping the feral cats and taking them to a local animal shelter, where they will probably be put down.

Sgt. Andrew Sanderson of the county police department’s animal services division said that the plan is “definitely moving forward. There is nothing legally holding them back. They have every legal right to trap on their property.”

The management company put up notices: “We have talked to many residents. . . . The vast majority of you are asking us to reduce the feral cat population. It’s important everyone stop feeding both stray and feral cats immediately. We have contracted with a State approved agency who will trap the animals in the same way [Alley Cat Allies] does. The difference is the cats will not be returned to the community and will be put to sleep.”

Several residents are “absolutely sick” over the plan to trap the cats, and Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies, called the plan “hasty” and “cruel and misguided”.

“As we have tried to explain to the management company, simply removing the cats will only make room for new, unaltered cats to move in and breed prolifically. Within months, the Meadows will find itself with nearly as many cats as it started with,” said Robinson. “Spaying and neutering is the only effective way to manage outdoor cats.”

For more information on how to help the cats, visit Alley Cat Allies.

Source: Washington Post

(Thanks Lorie, Stefani, and Debbie)

17 thoughts on “Feral Cats To Be Trapped And Most Likely Euthanized In Chantilly, Virginia

  1. Hasty? The cat folks have had FIVE years to fix this problem. Other places have programs that have caused a dramatic reduction in the feral populations in less time than that. If they were so concerned maybe they should have done some research and talked to successful feral cat reduction programs.
    Those cats are a human caused problem. The people who “cared” didn’t fix it so now those that are in charge have to. I feel sorry for the cats.

  2. This is the dumbest thing I ever heard of. Total ignorance. They don’t have a clue as to what they are doing. If they did the would have done the T/N/R … trap, neuter, return.

    If they had a clue they would know that T/N/R works. What they are doing doesn’t. Dumb A$$es.

    Once again animals suffer because of peoples stupidity.

  3. Alley cat allies has a link for sending your letters of disapproval. The management company also has offices in Chicago and Delaware.

  4. This community has been here for 30 years and the feral cat issue started as far back as that. There was nobody solely committed to this program thru Alley Cat Allies until the end of 2005, although Alley Cat Allies did receive some of the cats prior to that time. Then, I started the TNR trapping. It took a lot of time and effort to get the trust and cooperation of caretakers, as well as the blessing from the then community manager. We have TNR’d most of the cats here, and the media video shows how fat and healthy they are. I have removed MANY litters of cats, as well as friendly cats, finding them new homes. The population IS decreasing and less litters are being reported each summer. If management would put the money and effort into assisting our TNR program instead of paying the exterminator, we would be further along then we are already.

  5. Butterflygirl, I am so sorry you are seeing your hard work (and the poor cats!) disrespected. Thank you for all you have done. I really hope ACA and its supporters–along with us other animal people–can do something about this awful plan.

    What is it with all the cat hate lately?

    ~The Lioness

  6. Re:

    “The population IS decreasing and less litters are being reported each summer. If management would put the money and effort into assisting our TNR program instead of paying the exterminator, we would be further along then we are already.”

    Why can’t they be more patient? If the population is reducing each year through TNR and removal of litters and adoptable cats, what’s with the killing?

    It is evil people, who just want the cats killed. The nerve of them to complain about cats in their gardens or on their porches or under their trailers.

    Is there any hope of some of these cats — in bonded groups — being caught and relocated before the slaughter takes place?


  7. Any chance you can relocate the colony off the property? That way the management company would not be able to have them trapped.

  8. Any chance you can relocate the colony off the property? That way the management company would not be able to have them trapped.

  9. Butterflygirl4,

    The most glaring flaw in these type of efforts is the concept that someone else should pick up the tab, and everyone affected should put up with any resulting inconvenience.

    The occasional feral or stray is welcome on my property and I’m happy to put food out for them to see they don’t go hungry. It’s my home, my property, my food, my call to make, and my decision to accept any possible inconvenience as far as digging and defecating is concerned.

    I have ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT to demand anyone else do the same on their property. They don’t have to, and should not have to, put up with cats fighting under their bedroom window at 3 AM, urinating on every object in the yard, hunting the birds they watch at the birdbath they installed, or digging up their prize roses and defecating in the yard.

    While I approve of the sentiment, and generally agree with the premises behind TNR, it just plain doesn’t work in densely populated residential neighborhoods. The concept that others should have you intrude on the quite enjoyment of their homes and property is dead wrong.

    If you want this sort of thing to work, the first thing to do is assess if the area and community is suitable to maintaining a feral colony. If not, the only option is to relocate to a more remote area that is under your rightful control. There you would have a right to do as you see fit and might even be worthy of respect. Any place else, you’re even a worse nuisance than even the worst feral problem. You can’t go around stepping on people’s toes and expect them to tolerate your agenda. It just makes a bad situation worse and makes anyone trying to do it right look as bad as you do.

  10. Update- it looks like the Meadows of Chantilly property management has agreed to spare the lives of these cats. If so, I’d like to thank them for their lifesaving, enlightened, and kind decision.

  11. Don Earl;
    I don’t know what kind of cats live in your neighborhood, but personally, I have never seen one ever tough enough to dig a rose bush out of the ground!

  12. these people are just as ignorant as that fool in iowa that offered 5$ for each cat caught. this is a cruel and misguided plan.

  13. Great Job! Instead of cats you can have rats. Not only that, but you will still find that different feral cats (unaltered cats and their progeny that were abandoned by irresponsible, heartless people)eventually will find their way to this locale thanks to the vacuum effect that results when feral cats are trapped and killed. Basically, you will be making the problem much worse.

    As far as a “soft” society ~ if you are referring to treating homeless animals in a humane way as being soft ~ well, hopefully our society will steer in that direction as opposed to a “hard” society which butchers animals gratuitously instead of fixing problems logically.

  14. We have this same problem in our neighborhood…ONE homeowner thinks they are doing the “humane” thing by feeding feral cats…and the result? Landscape damage, feces all over, and the worst part: cats being flattened in the street by cars, and getting eaten by coyotes…and traumatizing the children who witness both events. There are a few posts on here that are dead on: just because somebody does NOT want to be exposed to cat waste and other problems in the privacy of their own yard does NOT make them cruel, sick, or selfish. It is those of you who feel that you have the “right” to impose your “selfless heroism” on your neighbors that have it all wrong.

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