Feral Cats

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email


John Allison says he's spent $50,000 out of his own pocket to correct the feral cat problem on Jekyll Island by getting them trapped, neutered and spayed. He says he doesn't mind doing it, but he'd like some help from the island authority.

An island resident, Allison is founder of Suzie's Friends, a no-kill animal shelter in Waycross. He says profits from his business, which manufactures cleaning and power washing supplies, go directly to his no-kill shelter and his humane animal efforts.

Allison is proposing a feral cat solution to the Jekyll Island Authority.

He wants to create a no-kill feral cat shelter that also would serve as an educational resource for the community. Funding for the center, he says, would come directly from him. All he is asking for is permission, the land and the building.

Authority spokesman Eric Garvey says he has seen Allison's proposal.

Garvey says because feral cats do not cause any real damage to the island and are not public safety concerns, the authority has not made it a top priority.

But he says the authority is willing to consider new ideas for dealing with it.

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