Efforts underway to spay, neuter Lander’s feral cat population

(Lander, WY) – Several community members have been working for the past several months to spay and neuter feral cats within Lander. A grant and community funding have helped make this possible.

Lanier “Lannie” Hamilton, DVM, noticed the full extent of the feral cat problem last year and though she has worked with getting them spayed and neutered for about a decade, she is now focusing on the issue.

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This is a big project, she shared with County 10. And there is no dedicated funding source for feral cats.

Lander Spay and Neuter became official in April 2021. In June their mission launched when they received a grant through the LOR Foundation to trap, spay and neuter, and return 57 feral cats.

They are now working off of funds raised through Challenge For Charities and hope to have a few hundred completed by the end of the year so they can apply for additional funding.

Lannie is asking anyone within Lander to please contact her at [email protected] if you have a feral cat problem in your neighborhood and/or if you want more information on how to maintain a stable, healthy colony of outdoor cats.

After being spayed or neutered, they are returned to where they were trapped. Look for a tipped and notched left ear to indicate a “neighborhood cat” that’s part of the solution.

Spayed and neutered cats are healthier, quieter, and less aggressive to each other than intact ferals, according to Lannie. They typically discourage new ferals from moving into their settled territory.

Follow Lander Spay and Neuter on Facebook for the latest updates.

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