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LaGrange Seeks to Put Limits on Those Who Feed Feral Cats

Measure passed this week designed to prevent coyotes and raccoons from pestering neighborhoods due to food left out for cats.

How many cats do you see? More than nine? That's bad.
How many cats do you see? More than nine? That's bad.

LaGrange residents who feed feral cat colonies will have to abide by new village rules designed to prevent nuisance wildlife, namely coyotes and raccoons, from being lured into the neighborhoods.

Frank Holas says he's been feeding strays since 1984 and he asked village trustees this week for more time to debate the provisions, which limit residents to caring for nine feral cats. Village officials say colonies that grow larger than that will be handled as they arise.

"This has been an issue in the public domain in this venue and others for quite some time," Village President Tom Livingston told Holas at the April 28 board meeting. "We believe we have crafted a reasonable approach and would be willing to work with you in the future."

Holas told Sun-Times Media before the meeting that he has fed raccoons and foxes meals of hot dogs and crackers. And he's fed as many as 28 cats at a time in his yard.

"I’m trying to do the best I can for the cats. I try to find homes for them," he said.

— via Sun-Times Media
Collette Walker May 02, 2014 at 05:44 PM
This is an interesting article but only part of the story, and the part that has been left out is the most important. La Grange has long supported TNR (trap/neuter/return) efforts in the Village. People who feed the outside cats are referred to Triple R Pets, a nonprofit organization staffed entirely by volunteers, for help with the cats. Triple R Pets, or RRR Pets, holds a workshop at the La Grange Public Library every second Thursday of the month from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Participants learn how to trap and transport outside cats to low-cost vet clinics. There the cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, treated for parasites, ear tipped and micro chipped. The cats are then returned to their homes outside. No more kittens are born, the adult cats are vaccinated and healthy, and with natural attrition the population of cats decreases. For details on Triple R Pets' stray cat programs, please contact Triple R Pets 708 738 1438 info@tripleRpets.org www.tripleRpets.org
Wayne O'Connor May 02, 2014 at 07:45 PM
It's really very simple. Only feed the cats from mid morning to sunset. At sunset remove all of the food except for the water. I've been feeding feral cats for years and have not any issues with racoons, foxes etc. No mice to be found anywhere. Quite happy with our set-up.

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