Here's some behind the scenes on the story from a rescue person in the city:
There was a story on Channel 9 news tonight about feral cats at an Overland Park apartment complex. Many current and former members of Heart of America Humane Society are familiar with the feral cat situation at the Clines apartment complex because of J___, who has been caring for the oldest colony at the complex for about 5 years.
The news story said OP has trapped over 60 cats, but none of them are from the colony J___ has cared for, so they are apparently from one of the other colonies in the complex.
J___ has pleaded with Overland Park several times over the years asking that they trap cats at this complex, and they have declined to do so. Meanwhile the colony has continued to reproduce faster than she has been able to find homes for kittens and residents have moved out leaving their cats to join the colony.
Now Overland Park has suddenly demanded she stop feeding the cats
immediately or they will issue a warrant, cite her, and she will have to go to court. She is naturally concerned about the welfare of the cats. I am hoping they are asking her not to feed so the cats will be hungry and more easily trappable. I plan to call them tomorrow to inquire about this and ask if they will take several cats she says are so tame she can just pick them up, then just trap the rest.
Currently there are 2 black kittens outside that are tame enough for her to pick up, a male and a female, and she believes they would be immediately adoptable. There are also 5 6-month cats including 2 probably-pregnant females who will need trapped, and she believes 3 of these would be adoptable and the other 2 would need fostering/socialization before being adoptable.
In addition, J___ has been fostering 2 black males in her apartment, and HAHS has generously offered to cover spay/neuter, rabies vaccination and FIV/FeLV testing for these two cats. I am hoping to find fostering situations for these two cats that will eventually get them into homes.
I wanted to let those who know J___ and of her feral caretaking that the story on the news is affecting her directly so you can keep a positive thought for her and in case you can offer any assistance with finding homes or fostering situations for any of the cats or have other suggestions.
And another response to the story with phone numbers and e-mail addresses to contact the TV station:
Those of you who saw the Channel 9 news piece tonight on feral cats
in an Overland Park neighborhood may want to let the station know
what you thought.
I found the report unfortunately one-sided. It portrayed the cats
as disease carriers. There was no mention of the root cause--
irresponsible people who do not spay/neuter and/or who abandon their
cats. The report reinforces and perpetuates the attitude that
caused the problem in the first place--people regarding animals as
disposable property. One business owner who has apparently
benefited from the cats's rodent control also found their "scat"
unpleasant. He was glad "they" were getting the cats out of there.
Trapping and killing leaves a vacuum that other cats will soon
fill. T&K does not solve the problem.
Anyway, if you saw the report and want to comment...you can call the
station at 816-221-9999 or email them. It iswww.thekansascitychannel.com/news/
Hit the home tab and
then "contact the station" at the top.