A colony of feral cats is causing quite a nuisance for neighbors in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Residents are determined to find homes for the animals, but the SPCA says it's done everything it can.
- Here at 4 o'clock today, more than two dozen abandoned cats are proving to be quite the nuisance in one Quakertown Bucks County community. People living in the area want some help finding the animals new homes, but they don't know where to turn. Action News reporter Beccah Hendrickson has their story.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: Neighbors here on Hellertown Street say an elderly woman was feeding dozens of cats. She left, and now these animals are left homeless, wandering the street.
GINA EWING: Come on Ava, Simba.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: Gina Ewing and Annette Lunny have names for the 27 feral cats living on their block.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: They've been taking care of them ever since their neighbor moved out.
GINA EWING: These guys are the innocent parties here. They should not have to suffer.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: The cats live in the gutters, abandoned sheds, and under porches-- wherever they can find shelter.
ANNETTE LUNNY: [? We ?] [? all ?] have health problems and stuff. We need to do something with these cats. We have to find a good home for them.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: But the SPCA says that may not be the best option.
NIKKI THOMPSON: Feral cats are just not house pets. Basically, like a wild animal, they like living outside.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: Bucks County SPCA says it became involved when neighbors called. They did a method called TNR with the cats-- trap, neuter, release.
NIKKI THOMPSON: It's the most humane thing we can do for them.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: Thompson said the SPCA did adopt out five kittens, but the rest were put back in their habitat after being neutered. She says if the neighbors want to continue feeding them, to make sure all the cat's ears are clipped as a sign they're vaccinated. If the neighbors want the cats gone--
NIKKI THOMPSON: If you don't want them on your property, don't put things out to attract them.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: But neighbors say they're determined to find the cats homes.
ANNETTE LUNNY: Let them fend for themselves. And that's not the right way.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: The SPCA says if you have stray cats in your neighborhood, get them neutered quickly. Otherwise, you may see them multiply. In Quakertown, Beccah Hendrickson, Channel Six Action News.