Balto. Co. needs a more humane strategy for stray cats

May 12, 2010

It was encouraging to see such a thoughtful, informative article about cat overpopulation and what can be done about it ("Cat caretakers work under the radar," May 8.) I hope that all those involved in working to reduce the plight of stray cats and it's effects on communities can come to an agreement about what works best. I would like to see Baltimore County adopt the trap/spay/neuter/return strategy instead of the trap and kill strategy, which does not work and is cruel.

In the meantime, those of us who have cats now can do our part by getting our cats spayed or neutered, especially if they're allowed to go outside. For those of us who have a cat we can't keep, we should ask for help in finding a new home and not abandon that cat. For those of us thinking of getting a cat, we should plan for how we're going to care for it for up to 20 years. This is our opportunity to be part of the solution and put less burden on animal control and all of the brave and compassionate private citizens who go out on the street to try to help.

Lynn Edwards, Parkville

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