$1 Million Grant Will Pay to Trap, Neuter Philly’s Feral Cats

Up to 12,000 felines targeted by the program.


There are thousands of feral cats roaming this city, mating and meowing and living in the shadows of polite society. But polite society is coming for them.

Newsworks reports that Philadelphia's Animal Care and Control Team is getting a $1 million grant to capture and neuter roughly 12,000 wild cats over three years. The grant comes from Best Friends Animal Society; Holly Sizemore is their spokeswoman:

"People love these cats, a lot of people feed these cats," said Sizemore. "They just don't have the ability to trap them, get them spayed and neutered and vaccinated and then put them back out. What we'll be doing is going out into the community and really working to provide these services."

Susan Cosby, executive director of Animal Care and Control Team, said the program will make a big difference.

"They're actually going to be providing, over three years, assistance for up to 12,000 cats in our city, which will have a tremendous impact on reducing the number of cats coming into the shelter and then helping us be more effective as a shelter and a community in taking care of the cats in need," Cosby said.

The experts say the program should result, over time, in dramatically fewer cats being placed in shelters. Germantown, North and West Philadelphia will be targeted for the program.

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  • Enuf already

    What will it take for people to wise up? Stop breeding dogs for money without thought or care for the animals — shows what a loser you are. Takes a real man, a real woman to care and respect life. DO NOT just toss your animal to the street like garbage. There is no acceptable reason. Shows what a loser you are. People spay and neuter. If we used what’s between our ears, a little common sense and character, honor in a few years this won’t be such a big problem, and a few years after that it won’t be We’re allegedly the more intelligent of the species, but our words and actions are showing that we’re not. Just imagine if someone were to treat you or your children as the animals have been — pathetic, sadistic, cruel, inhumane and they wouldn’t be worth the space they take up.

  • rebecca

    A lot of these animals come from Philadelphia college students who dump them over the summers and when school ends. Then they suddenly don’t want to deal with finding an apartment that accepts them. Anyone who says they are dumping an animal because they’re moving should be forbidden from owning an animal ever again.

  • Margie

    Didn’t know about this grant. It certainly would be helpful for the exisiting cats who are homeless through no fault of their own and have been dumped by irresponsible pet owners that found caring for their pet had become an inconvience to their lifestyle. These cats/dogs are living breathing beings…..granted not human beings, but they do feel pain when experiencing very harsh weather such as temperatures of 14 degrees or an extremely hot 96 degree day and might go through the trash to fill a basic need to be fed. Trappers and feeders in the area have been trying to deal with this issue in the most humane possible for quite a while. Hopefully this grant will allow money to be spent on communities to educated practicing preventive measures by neutering/spaying pets and homeless cats/dogs in their area so less will end up on the streets or have to be put down because they could not find a forever home. It takes a village to raise a child and it also takes a village to deal with this widespread issue. I hope people who feel compassion for animals will find a way to be apart of this effort that will save the lives of many innocent cats/dogs.