Cats Overrun Island in Niagara River After Being Abandoned

Friday, 01 Aug 2014 06:30 AM

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Hundreds of feral cats are believed to be on Tonawanda Island in the Niagara River, an 85-acre parcel of land in the river near Buffalo where people have been abandoning cats for years.

“They’re just everywhere. People drop them off. I’ve caught people dumping them on the road; they just unload them on the island,” Wayne Howard of North Tonawanda told WIVB-TV. “The messes that they make, especially the feces around the island and where people walk, it’s disgusting. I’ve caught them on my boat a few times and they made messes; they’re just a problem.”

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Mike Charnock owns a marina and restaurant on the island just north of Buffalo. He said the cats are making a mess of the island, and even have gotten onto boats at his marina, reported The Associated Press.

Danielle Coogan has launched Operation Island Cats to stem the growing problem. She's trapping cats and having them spayed or neutered by veterinarians.

In the last 10 days, she has trapped 10 cats. Kittens will be put up for adoptions. Adult cats will be returned to the island.

“They’re going to be spayed and neutered, they’re going to be vaccinated and they’re going to live the rest of their days on their beautiful island home where they’re comfortable and they’re not going to keep reproducing,” she told WIVB-TV

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