Organizations that care for animals in the Sacramento region are hosting a series of workshops to train people who want to help the feral cat population.
Gina Knepp is the Animal Care Services Manager with the City of Sacramento, "We have two choices. We allow them to live their lives out and/or they're automatically euthanized. And, frankly, I don't think any of the shelters in our region want to do that. We're sick and tired of killing animals. And this alternative is more plausible."
Knepp says there are already at least a thousand feral cat colonies in Sacramento County. She says the seminars teach volunteers that caring for the animals involves more than feeding them, "Making sure the cats are trapped so that they can be spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Their ears are also tipped on the point so that people know they've already been altered. There are some really responsible volunteers out there doing it already and we want to make sure everyone is doing it that way. "