Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Fundraiser to help with investigation into missing Fort Worth cats
Volunteers are holding a fundraiser to gather money to be used to hire a private investigator.
For more than 10 years, a group of Fort Worth residents made daily treks to Trinity Park to feed and care for a colony of vaccinated, neutered docile cats which lived in a makeshift camp just off Crestline Road and University. In late December, the dozen or so cats turned up missing. The shelters built by volunteers were also stolen.
The cats were part of a pilot program involving multiple feral cat colonies which had been under way for years at Trinity Park in Fort Worth, and from all accounts the program was a great success -- a perfect example of how Trap Neuter Return Program (TNR) should work. Coincidentally, the city of Fort Worth has been holding meetings to discuss proposed implementation of a privately-funded, city-wide TNR program. TNR is a proven, humane method of managing feral and community cat populations and is used in cities across the country.
The disappearance of 18 cats over a period of just a few weeks appears to be suspicious; a jogger reports a mutilated cat was found near the colony the week between Christmas and New Years. Volunteers noticed the cats were gone along with their custom-made shelters, and notified Animal control. Since then the plight of the cats has been on CBS, NBC-5, WFAA, KDFW, and articles have been published online and in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. A memorial has been set up at the site along with posters asking for clues. While police and the Fort Worth Animal Control investigate, volunteers want answers.
Volunteers are holding a fundraiser to gather money to be used to hire a private investigator. The event will be from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, February 4 at 7th Haven, 2700 West Seventh in Fort Worth. For more information on the event, contact www.cattailz.org.
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