In January of 2014, Wild at Heart was contacted by Dacono Animal Control with regard to a history of multiple feral cat populations in the city. Animal Control publicized the project to trap and spay/neuter, and individuals caring for large feral cat populations replied.
Maya Key, director of WAH and Victoria Mattoni, a board member, drove to Dacono and were greeted with enthusiasm by Animal Control. MaxFund, a Denver based animal shelter provided the surgeries with their mobile spay/neuter unit. Maya and Victoria trapped Friday night and all day Saturday. Altogether, 26 adult cats and 21 kittens were trapped. Surgeries were performed on Saturday and Sunday. All of the kittens and several tame adult cats were brought to the Longmont Humane Society and the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. The others were released to their outdoor homes.
“This is a perfect example of a successful collaboration between a government entity and a non-profit working together on a humane solution to the problem of the feral cat population,” says Maya. “It is so gratifying to know that the cats we released will lead healthier lives and the kittens will find homes.”