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Feral cats a growing problem in Mid-Michigan

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BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Feral cats are on the loose across Michigan.

Susan Somerville-Franz, with Humane Society of Bay County, said they've developed a program that will help reduce the thousand on the loose in the area.

"We transport them in a mobile unit where they go to be spayed and neutered, vaccinated and brought back to us and we return them to the property owner," Somerville-Franz said.

Stray cats have increasingly become a nuisance, sometimes killing wildlife and souring the aesthetic of the community.

However, animal lovers don't have to worry. No cats are harmed during the process. A special trap is used that doesn't hurt the animal.

The traps run about $89 a piece. The Humane Society needs all the financial assistance they can get, but it's not just money they need. They also need volunteers willing to do the dirty work, catching the cats.

"It's a whole process of people and a list of people we need to get the Trap, Neuter, Return program working," Somerville-Franz said.

She said they're down to only a few traps and with demand so high, they're counting on the community to step up and help.

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