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Brookhaven to combat feral cat population

Charles the cat traveled 1,300 miles from his

Charles the cat traveled 1,300 miles from his home in New Mexico to Chicago, where he was picked up as a stray. (April 16, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

Brookhaven is launching a Feral Cat Task Force made up of volunteers who will help spay and neuter the town’s stray felines.

Local veterinarians will join the task force in developing solutions like a trap, neuter and release program that has been successful elsewhere in the country. Town animal shelter director Dori Scofield is leading the task force, and a $4,000 grant from PETCO Foundation is funding the initial efforts.

“The feral cat population is growing in the Town of Brookhaven and the Feral Cat Task Force will work on strategies to get it under control,” town Supervisor Mark Lesko said in a news release. “Trap-Neuter-Release is the most humane method, but it will take the dedication and hard work of many volunteers and money from the private sector to make it an effective and long-lasting solution.”

Scofield noted in the release that “TNR is the only moral and proactive solution to the overpopulation of feral cats on Long Island.”

“Man created this situation and it is up to us to solve it humanely,” she said. “This will not be a Town-funded effort, so I will be recruiting volunteers and veterinarians who can provide pro-bono services, and reaching out for private funding to cover the cost.”

For more information about the task force, call the Brookhaven Animal Shelter at 631-286-4940 or visit the shelter's website.

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