LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The Capital Area Humane Society is taking on a rash of feral cats on Monday and Tuesday.
The Lansing-area humane society has spent the past few months trapping, neutering and releasing cats at Mill Pond Village.
Monday kicked off a two-day-long rescue mission with the goal of spaying/neutering the cats, microchipping and giving them a rabies vaccination.
Cats and kittens without a home will be taken to the shelter and will be placed up for adoption.
Those felines who already have a home or do not qualify for adoption will be taken back to Mill Pond Village.
One woman who has worked alongside CAHS staff said she’s happy to see the streets cleaned up and know the cats have a chance to go to a good home.
“One day when I came home I opened up the backdoor of my storage thing in the back and I found five little baby kitties,” said Monica Jahner. “So the mom had the baby kitties under my trailer and I brought them up to get feed and start eating food.”
Jahner was never a cat person, but in March, she found a litter of kittens under her trailer.
Looking after the kittens sparked a passion within Jahner to help the feral cats roaming the Lansing mobile home park.
With the help of her neighbors, Jahner was able to rescue 14 cats and have them spayed or neutered.
“Stopping the overpopulation of outdoor, feral, free-roaming cats is really important for not just the pet but everyone’s happiness and wellbeing,” said Holly Thoms with the Capital Area Humane Society.
Thoms is the director of the CAHS spay and neuter clinic.
Since July, 50 cats have been captured from the mobile home park.
Thoms said her team has a goal of helping more than 100 cats that sneak through the park.
Though there have been some challenges, Thoms is thankful for the support from the park’s management and residents.
“It really is just the food thing. There are some kitties that maybe they are friendly or just scared,” said Thoms. “There have been some that the residents have been able to help get in because they got familiar with them. So we’ve gotten help from everywhere with that.”
Thoms’ said her team will be putting in extra hours to help check the cats for tags and provide any medical needs.
Another issue is outdoor-indoor cats who are not spayed or neutered.
CAHS is offering discounts for neutering to people who own cats and live in the park.
For Jahner, she hopes to see the cats go to a happy home.
“We got some really good cats and they are friendly and nice,” said Jahner. “They are a handful with food and all that different kind of stuff but they give you all that love back so it’s worth the effort that we put into these cats.”
On Monday, 44 cats and kittens were rescued.