Archive 2008 - 2019

Feral Cats Populate Downtown

by Martha Ellis

While working in the area, I have witnessed feral cats crossing Church and Railroad Streets daily.  A few weeks ago I witnessed a feral kitten struck down by a vehicle causing death within the hour.   This caused great concern for Scott and me.  We contacted the MSPCA and were told they have a spay/neuter program for feral cats.
One local resident reported feeding nearly twenty of these feral cats currently and has been feeding these and others for the past seventeen years.  This has been an ongoing problem for many years.


The cat pictured above suffered from a respiratory infection, treated by 5 antibiotic shots, paid by a Holliston resident.

We have started setting a “Have a Heart” trap to capture one feral cat at a time.  Then one of us takes it to the Jamaica Plain MSPCA between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. where the cat is spayed or neutered, flea dipped, dewormed, given the rabies and distemper vaccination and finally have its ear tipped for identifying these cats as having been treated by the MSPCA. The cat must be picked-up the same day between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. to be returned to the area. 


The average life expectancy of a feral cat is six to seven years, which, hopefully, will end the feral cat population in the area.  The cost for this service by the MSPCA is $50.00.  If you would like to help out with this goal of ending the feral cat population in the downtown area over the next six to seven years, please contact Scott or me.  Help with transporting to and from the MSPCA would be extremely helpful.
Please keep your house pets indoors during this time.

This five year old male suffered from fleas and ear mites and was dewormed.

 Thank-you for your cooperation and support,
      Martha Ellis        Scott Burpee
      508-904-4471    508-429-3858