Lehigh Valley

Palmer Township to fund program to curb stray cat population

"There's a lot of cats out there."

PALMER TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Palmer Township has joined 30 other Lehigh Valley municipalities to help control feral cat populations.

Township supervisors last night entered into an agreement with Allentown-based No Nonsense Neutering by budgeting $3,500 for next year to pay for 100 cat sterilization procedures.

The nonprofit organization helps catch feral cats, neuters or spays them, and then provides post-operative care and releases them. Residents can also bring cats in for the procedure.

“We do the grunt work,” Martha Kahan, president of No Nonsense Neutering, told the board, adding that her organization is always in need of help from residents, police, and code officers to trap cats in feral colonies.

In 10 years, No Nonsense Neutering has sterilized 60,000 cats.

“There’s a lot of cats out there,” Kahan said, adding that 5,000 to 6,000 sterilizations are performed a year at four regional clinics.

Supervisor Robert Smith, a pet owner, expressed concern about someone inadvertently trapping a neighborhood cat.

Kahan said 98 percent of free-roaming cats are feral but noted that No Nonsense Neutering has an active social media presence and a lost and found campaign to reunite pets with their owners.

Christopher Christman, township manager, said Palmer receives complaints from the code officer about stray cats, adding that the agreement with No Nonsense Neutering will help curb reproduction with its low-cost services.

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