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SOCIETY TARGETS STRAY FELINES

By BRIAN BULLOCK

The South Coast Humane Society will be trapping cats Tuesday and Wednesday in the area of Hall Way and Highway 101.

Trapping will take place from 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 through 11 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, said society spokeswoman Connie Anderson. The organization is requesting cat owners in the area keep their pets inside during those days.

"We're going to round up the cats that are homeless and feral," Anderson said. "We're going to be going door to door with fliers and we'll be posting them in the area."

This is the second time in recent months the society has tried to clean out a cat colony in the area. Last time, it trapped four cats near the Darwin Apartments.

Of the four, three were abandoned animals and one was an area pet which was returned to its owner, Anderson said. That's why Anderson said the society is asking owners to keep their pets inside or at least make sure they are tagged.

Of the three abandoned animals, two were in such bad condition they had to be euthanized. Another, Dominique, is in the society's adoption program, Anderson said.

"We consider this a rescue program," she said. "That's what they call our team is a Feral Cat Rescue Team."

Anderson said many cats are abandoned by owners who think the cats can care for themselves. They breed with other abandoned cats or feral cats. That creates a problem the society rescue team must address.

Anderson said if Brookings-Harbor residents can no longer care for pets they shouldn't just abandon them.

"Now that we have our new shelter there's no reason anyone has to abandon a cat. They can bring it here and prevent this suffering," Anderson explained.

The South Coast Humane Society is located at 828 Railroad St. in Brookings.

For information about the rescue effort, call the society at (541) 412-0325.

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