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People Power: Solving a Multiplication Problem

West Virginia group aims to save feral kitties

West Virginia group aims to save feral kitties

These cats are among the hundreds of ferals and strays that Save A Kitty Feral Cat Program, a nonprofit based in Parkersburg, W.Va., has trapped, neutered, and returned to their colonies. SAVE A KITTY FERAL CAT PROGRAM
Back around Christmastime, Judy Deem noticed that one of the feral cats she was caring for had a big knot on her knee. Feral cats being what they are, “It took me a month and a half to catch her, and I got tore up twice trying to,” Deem recalls. “I mean, it’s like grabbing the wrong end of a chainsaw.”

Finally, the cat grew weak enough for Deem to capture her. But the knot turned out to be cancer, which took her life.

Though the story has a sad ending, Deem says it shows what she and the other volunteers at the Parkersburg, W.Va.-based nonprofit Save A Kitty Feral Cat Program are all about—working to improve the lives of a class of cats that is often undervalued and misunderstood.

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