Almost a year after I held my first public meeting on the subject of the cat overpopulation in our community, I can happily report that progress is being made on the issue.
With the support of the mayor and members of city council I was able to establish the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee (CSLCC). Funds were allocated for this purpose in the 2011 budget and we also received a donation from Canadian Pacific Railway. A number of planning meetings were held last fall and winter. Enough people stepped forward to allow us to form a committee. Shelley Schecter, who has been a leader on the island with the Trap, Neuter and Release Program agreed to be our facilitator. She has worked specifically close with Dr. Renee Karp, Ursula O'Rourke and the Côte Saint-Luc Hospital for Animals (Dr. Marlene Kalin) in the trapping aspect of our mandate. This is vital to controlling the cat population in our community. They wisely started off in the spring focusing on specific colonies where large groups of feral cats can be found. It is essential that we trap as many of these animals as possible, bring them to the vet and have them spayed or neutered. This is no easy task, but our small team has already trapped an impressive number of cats and picked up some kittens as well.