Columbia, SC — I am a volunteer in the Richland County trap, spay/neuter, return program, and I think the veterinarians are looking out for their bottom line as they push a bill to prohibit animal shelters from spaying and neutering non-shelter animals (“Animal rescue/shelter groups, veterinarian organization remain at odds after meeting,” March 31).
We have an excellent program that greatly reduces the feral cat population in our neighborhoods. We buy traps to catch the cats and get a reduced rate at the clinic for sterilization and a rabies shot. We buy cages to keep the cats a few days to heal and then release them to live their lives without reproducing.
Lexington County has a big cat problem without a program to solve it. If this bill passes, Richland County will have the same problem, as I don’t know anyone who will pay veterinarian prices for feral cats. These cats are not pets. They are wild. We don’t need any more wild cats running around our neighborhoods.