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opinion Brainerd, 56401

Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Cats at HART

HART, like many shelters, has a very high intake of cats. A problem has escalated because of the large number of unwanted, wild and feral cats in our community. A true feral cat is one that has been born in the wild and has had no human contact. A wild cat is a cat that has been around humans but for some reason it is living on its own out in the wild. And an unwanted cat is a cat that has been thrown out and no one is caring for it.

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The problem that HART deals with is concerned citizens are live trapping feral or wild cats and bringing them to the shelter. These cats cannot be handled by the person bringing the cats or by the HART staff.

Cat bites and scratches are very serious and can cause major health risks. The cats that are brought to HART in live traps have no possible chance of adoption. Due to liability reasons all these cats are euthanized. HART has implemented the policy that we can no longer take in wild or feral cats. If you have a cat that you need to live trap to get off your property you will need to do so and speak with a local vet clinic to explore the best options for you and the cat.

HART will take in stray cats if they can be handled. This means they will allow someone to pick them up and put them in a crate.

Thank you for your understanding on this matter.

Donna Wambeke

HART Executive Director

Alesha Rothberg

HART Shelter Manager

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