Wilson has seen firsthand how effective feral cat programs can be across the state of Iowa.
“We aren’t dealing with thousands of cats here [in Jefferson],” Wilson said. “There have been several cities across Iowa that have implemented trap-neuter-return policies — slowly the colony sizes decrease and level out because no new cats are being born. It’s a much more humane, long-term solution than just trying to kill the cats as they continue to breed.”
In the coming weeks, the three groups will be working with officials to develop a feral cat protection plan for the city, which would include spays and neuters, microchipping and adoption programs through the local animal shelter, People For Animal Welfare Society.