Randolph, Iowa, Removes Cat Bounty

Animal welfare group steps in to help control the town's feral cat population.

Posted: March 14 2008 1:27 p.m. EDT

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The city council of Randolph, Iowa, voted Thursday night to end a program implemented by the town’s mayor that placed a $5 bounty on stray cats. The move came after protest from town residents, animal welfare groups and the Iowa state veterinarian. Several groups have volunteered to help the town deal with the feral cats in other ways, the Action 3 News (Nebraska) reports.
Alley Cat Allies, a national advocate group for feral cats based in Bethesda, Md., will help the town develop a trap-neuter-return program for Randolph’s population of about five dozen stray cats. The group also will host workshops to educate residents about feral cats.

“We are designing a program for Randolph, and will be sharing it with … the Randolph City Council in the coming days,” states a press release at the Alley Cat Allies website.

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debby    raleigh, MN

2/24/2012 2:04:04

ithink that guy should be trapped and bounty put on his head, that is terrible doing that its not the cats fault. can find another way to deal with the problem.

Sherry    Horsham, PA

5/27/2008 12:04:05

I saw the article "Setting a Precedent for Stray Cats" in my Best Friends Summer newsletter. I manage two feral cat colonies in my community. Trap/neuter/return is the only concept which works in reducing feral and stray cat populations. Killing the cats does not work! New cats move in and the whole breeding process starts all over again. My colonies are proof that TNR really does work. I actually won my case in my hometown and my colonies are registered with the local law enforcement authorities. The cats have been sterilized and vaccinated for rabies as well as distemper. I am glad that your community has agreed to employ the trap/neuter/return concept. It is the only humane method in controlling feral and stray cat populations. The public needs to be more educated with this method and how it works.

brenda    dickson, TN

5/22/2008 7:05:23

I am all for the trap,spay/neuter, return program.
I hate for any cat to be put to sleep just because he doesn't have a home. They can't help it that they are feral. they should have the right to live just the same as humans do.

Vickey    Omaha, NE

4/2/2008 4:10:44

Alley Cat Allies is actually no longer involved in this as they were too mean spirited to get the city council to work with them. Best Friends out of Utah and Feline Friendz of Omaha are implementing and running this cat rescue so please give the credit where the credit is due.

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