The Town of North Hempstead has announced a Trap-Neuter-Return program with the goal of controlling and reducing the feral cat population, an ongoing problem in various communities, officials said.
A lack of human interaction means the feral cats are not suitable for adoption. They may also spread rabies, officials said. The program is an alternative to cat shelters, which usually end up euthanizing the animals.
“Destroying feral cats is contrary to our animal control policies and goals,” Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman said in a news release.
Helping PAW (Promote Animal Welfare), a nonprofit dedicated to ending pet overpopulation, will offer free sterilization services twice a month for residents to spay or neuter the cats.
The program will provide residents with traps to take the cats to a clinic or animal shelter where they will be spayed or neutered, then released back into their colonies.
North Hempstead residents in need of assistance should call 311 and will be put in contact with a TNR staff member.