Parts of Calhoun County overrun with cats

Posted at 4:17 PM, Jul 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-14 18:34:15-04

CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. -- Colonies of cats live in pockets all over Calhoun County and depending on where they are, nothing can be done about it.

Part of the problem is that Animal Control can only accept cats from three areas: the City of Battle Creek, Pennfield Township and Bedford Township.

"Albion, Athens, Tekonsha - all the outlying areas in Calhoun County are not covered at all, and therein lies a huge cat problem," explains Sindy Buford of the Calhoun County Animal Shelter.

It's a big cat problem, that without human help, can only get worse.

"Any one cat can produce 18 cats a year, so if you have a cat that produces 18 and each one of those produces 18 and you look at all the cats that are free roaming in our county, that's a lot of cats."

Rescues like Companion Cats in Battle Creek, which recently lost their funding, take in strays for spay and neutering.  Adoption manager Sharleen Garrison says their services are helping.

"I have a friend that had found 52 cats in a field. She brought them all here we spayed and neutered them," says Garrison. "She's now down to 13 because they naturally die off and that's what if they'd just stick with it this could be cured."