LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – The valley is home to thousands of feral cats.

Left alone, they continue to multiply. Tuesday, animal advocates went before the Henderson City Council trying to bring awareness to the problem and offer a solution to reduce the population.

“You can’t adopt your way out of the problem. You have to stop the animals from being born. Nobody wants to see healthy cats be euthanized,” one volunteer said during public comment before the council.

Volunteers say they are allowed to trap cats, spay or neuter and vaccinate them, and then release them where they were found in the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas and unincorporated Clark County.

“It is very successful in many other cities across our country. An unborn kitten requires no care,” Arvie Bromley, a Henderson resident for 30 years told FOX5 before giving her public comment before the council. Bromley shared that TNR (trap, neuter, release) is not allowed in Henderson.

“People don’t know what to do. They don’t want to call Animal Control because they know if the cats are not social, they are going to be euthanized,” argued Darryl Nelson, a 25-year resident of Henderson.

Volunteers shared they are willing to take on the task of catching, sterilizing, and releasing Henderson’s stray cats but they need the okay from city leaders.

“All we are asking for is permission, we are asking for permission to be able to do this,” Bromley requested.

The TNR program was not on the city council agenda. The group of volunteers who spoke said they hope one of the city leaders will be moved by what they said, take up their cause, and help change city policy.


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