It's difficult to see hungry stray cats, but feeding them might not be the best thing to do. Animal lovers understandably want strays to have a reliable food source, but if you become that source by leaving cat food outside, you will be attracting even more problems. Here are a few facts and solutions to consider.
In Fort Wayne, feeding stray animals is considered harboring, which makes you legally responsible for the animals on your property.All these reasons are why you should not feed stray cats and what can happen if you do. So let's look at other options to help stray cats. Inside the city, you can call the Animal Care & Control department for assistance at 260-427-1244. The shelter can provide you with a trap to humanely catch strays coming to your property. The cats can be brought to the shelter or an officer can be sent to your home to pick them up.
If the cat coming to your home belongs to someone in the neighborhood, report the address of where the cat lives and a letter will be sent to the home owner to remind them of the city leash laws for cats and dog.
Should you choose to take full responsibility for a cat that you know is abandoned and without an owner, have it treated by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered and fully vaccinated. Confine the cat to a smaller area of your home for a few days with its food and litterbox and slowly begin introducing the cat to its new inside living spaces one paw at a time.
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3020 Hillegas Road
Fort Wayne IN 46808
After 8 p.m. and on weekends and holidays, call 449-3000 for assistance.
Adoptions are Open: Tueday, Thursday, Friday 12:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 - 7:00 p.m.
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Adoption Office: 260-427-5502
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