New animal ordinance allows feral cat colonies as long as cats are spayed/neutered and vaccinated
While it's illegal to feed feral cats in some communities, it's not illegal in New Orleans.
Jennifer Abbrecht, spokeswoman for the Louisiana SPCA, says under the new animal ordinance approved by the City Council Thursday, feral cat colonies are allowed as long as the cats are spayed/neutered and properly vaccinated - and as long as the caregiver removes fecal matter and the cats do not become a nuisance to neighbors.
"The reason we are asking for these animals to be spayed and neutered is to make sure that there is no population boom and that the animals are allowed to live their lives in the neighborhood and continue existing in the population," Abbrecht said.
"Feeding is not illegal, but we do ask residents in the community that if they are going to be feeding feral cats that they make sure that they've been ear tipped, and that will be a sign that they've been spayed and neutered," Abbrecht added.