Despite the best efforts of local volunteers and village officials over the last several years to eradicate the problem of feral cats, a Woodstock group has found that colonies of the animals still exist.
To help alleviate the situation, village trustees at their Aug. 18 meeting hired the Woodstock Feral Cat Project. The village will pay the group $500 to trap the cats, transport them to the SPCA to be spayed or neutered and then released back to where they were trapped.
For a number of years, local residents volunteered to trap the cats, while village officials would transport the animals to the SPCA, and then release them back into the village, and each year this seemed to help reduce the number of the cats.
However, a number of colonies still exist. Trustee Jeannine Mayer, who lives on Jane St., confirmed this. She reported that she has seen a number of adult cats and their kittens at the back of several buildings.