Feral cats rampant through the Ark-La-Tex

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 7:35pm

Every week, Robinson's Rescue Low Cost Spay and Neuter alters about 50 feral cats.

However, this Wednesday is National Feral Day, so the clinic expects to do more than that this week.

Robinson's Rescue has been working with various other non-profits to cut down on the number of ferals in the area. Tuesday night, Reed Ebarb of Shreveport-Bossier Animal Rescue found a colony of feral cats behind the Taco Bell on Airline Drive in Bossier City.

Wednesday morning, he brought as many of them as he could catch to Robinson's Rescue to be fixed. He plans to keep trapping these ferals until all of them will be fixed. Ebarb estimates there were about 50 ferals in the Taco Bell colony.

In just one year, those 50 cats would result in about 6,000 offspring. That's because cats can start reproducing at just about 4 months, and can have 4 litters a year.

Robinson's Rescue reminds people not to feed feral cats, instead bringing them in their clinic, or others, to get fixed, following Ebarb's lead. After these cats are released from Robinson's Rescue, Ebarb will release them in a more rural location than the busy Bossier City street.

In urban areas, these ferals have to worry about being run over, or even captured by Animal Control. Because ferals are fearful of people, they are generally not adoptable, which means they are often euthanized.

Robinson's Rescue feels so strongly about getting ferals spayed and neutered that they offer the service at a discount, and free for residents of 71104.

However, to keep prices on all of their surgeries low, they depend heavily on donations and fundraisers. The non-profit organization will be holding a Yappy Hour at Marilynn's Place this Friday night. Dogtoberfest will run from 5-8 and dogs are not only welcomed, they're encouraged. For the $10 entrance fee, there will be drink specials, free appetizers, and lots of doggie fun. Marilynn's Place is located at 4041 Fern Avenue in Shreveport.


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