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Town Hall to discuss feral cats

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- The cats don't know it, but they will be under discussion by residents at 10 a.m. Saturday.

While the Albany City Commissioners won't take up a new animal control ordinance involving feral cats again until August, Commissioner Jon Howard plans to raise the topic at his Town Hall meeting. The monthly meetings are held at the East Albany Community Center at 1721 E. Oglethorpe Blvd.

Howard invited Lynn Kennedy to be the featured speaker. She has been called the city's resident cat expert. As a member of the Citizen's Advisory Council, she has researched how other cities have dealt with cat ordinances.

"The Town Hall meeting will focus on how to live with cats in your neighborhood," Howard said. "Do you know a stray cat from a feral cat or a pet? What is a feral cat? Are feral, stray cats roaming your neighborhood? Will a citywide animal control ordinance help deal with feral, stray cats?"

Kennedy has said that the upcoming Albany cat ordinance is modeled after a Jacksonville, Fla., program that promotes the aggressive capture and spaying or neutering of cats and then a release.

"They've saved hundreds of thousands of dollars that they were previously spending on euthanizing the animals by working with local vets and animal groups to get the cats spayed or neutered," Kennedy has said. "In two years, they made a significant impact on their cat problem."