Krazy Kat Lovers in Kanada Excerpts: “The devastation and damage they’ve caused is incredible,” says longtime resident Jane Flanders, 55. “I have to clean out half a recycling bag full of feces from my front lawn all the time. … They’re killing all the songbirds in my backyard.” _____ “Trap-neuter-return” (TNR), the city’s de facto policy for dealing with cat overpopulation in recent years, officially becomes part of the animal bylaw Thursday. Whereas a 311 complaint used to get homeless tabbies “locked up in shelters,” says Animal Services vet Esther Attard, “now the policy is we’ll trap them, sterilize them and return them back to their location of origin” — even if that’s right beside your house. _____ “A city-backed group should care about the ramifications in the neighbourhood,” says resident Anna Dewar, a policy analyst who worries about the constant cat feces in her backyard, where her daughter plays. “They didn’t even consult with us or entertain the opportunity of relocating the colony.” _____ But for now, neighbourhoods must learn to co-exist with their community cats. “You don’t have to like cats,” says Denise Harkins, president of Action Volunteers for Animals, part of the coalition. “But they are entitled to live just as much as human beings are.” _____
Dr. Liana Zanette, a University of Western Ontario professor who studies wildlife populations, says it’s unfair the public has no say in whether TNR should become part of the city’s bylaw.

“Usually, if there’s an environmental problem, then there’s an environmental impact assessment and a public decision should be made about what to do,” she says.