Cat problem

Halifax’s is a nuisance.

Regarding a city-run trap, neuter and return program affecting strays, the December staff report says 1,300 feral cats could be trapped annually. The report breaks down the cost: $195,000 for shelter, based on an average six-night stay; $195,000 for vaccination and sterilization; $145,000 for housing, food and ongoing veterinarian care and $61,700 for an extra Animal Services officer.

The report says city staff checked with 17 Canadian municipalities to see how they handle stray cats, “and consulted other key stakeholders and experts.”

Halifax city hall does not have the legislative teeth to attack the feral cat issue, it concludes.

A trap, neuter and return program “is a long-term approach that may reduce the stray cat population,” it says. “However, it would have a minimal impact on the current nuisance issues.”

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