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Cleveland Metroparks looks to remove Euclid Beach feral cat colonies (Petition)

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Euclid Beach amusement park has been closed for many years. Yet the name brings back memories of many things: The Flying Turns, Over the Falls, laughing Sal and popcorn balls. It may even bring back memories of seeing the cats that were dumped there along the Lake Erie shore.

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After the amusement park closed, the number of cats increased, with more than 100 cats reportedly living in areas around the Wildwood marina, the historic pier and the Euclid Beach high-rise apartments. Then in April, 2009, the Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project (EBFCP) stepped in.

The Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project is a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization that takes care of the local feral and dumped stray cat population. EBFCP has helped more than 1,200 cats to date.

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Using TNR and further follow-up of the cat colonies, the number of cats dropped from over 100 to the current number of 17 healthy, spayed or neutered feral cats. All are adults. Most are over 8 years old. The EBFCP is not adding any new cats to their two colonies.

A verbal agreement with the Cleveland Metroparks allowed EBFCP to continue their project. But earlier this month, the Cleveland Metroparks indicated their desire to remove the Euclid Beach feral cat colonies. The Cleveland Metroparks does not have a program in place that deals with feral and abandoned animals. EBFCP does. A successful program at that.

A petition was created, asking the Cleveland Metroparks to allow the Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project to monitor and care for the established cat colonies there, and to let the cats remain and live out their lives there. No newly abandoned cats will be added to the current feral cat population there, EBFCP says, and there is no cost to the Metroparks or the city. Click here to sign.

As the petition notes, “Without the EBFCP’s constant monitoring, the abandoned and feral cat population will return to over 100 reproducing, sick, starving, and shelter-less cats, exactly what was found five years ago when the project first began.”

Partnering with Friends of Animals and PetFix of Northeast Ohio, EBFCP is currently offering 60 free spay/neuters for feral or domestic cats in the 44110 or 44119 zip codes. More information about the Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project can be found on their website, or contact Ginger at vmhannah@aol.com.

If you wish to help the Euclid Beach feral cats, a tax-deductible donation can be mailed to Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project, P.O. Box 19203, Cleveland, Ohio 44119.

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