Missoula has a feral cat problem. According to Jessie Rogers with Missoula Animeals, the last census puts their population over 10,000.
"It's surprising how much of a problem feral cats are in Missoula, east Missoula, and surrounding areas,” said Rogers. “Looking into the census of the last years, we have deduced that there's between 10,000 and 15,000 feral cats running around Missoula County."
This week Animeals teamed up with three veterinarians and several organizations to run a trap-neuter-release clinic called the Southside Rescue Project to combat the growth. A grant from the ASPCA helped fund the project.
Rogers said cats can reproduce faster than bunnies.
"While everyone loves kittens, there'll always be kittens,” said Rogers. “Doing these spay and neuter returns means that there will be less feral kittens, and less issues, because once there's overpopulation, bad things happen"
On Friday workers neutered more than fifty felines.
Rogers said Animeals has at least fifty kittens that need new homes. For more information, go to their website by clicking here.