Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of all animals prayed: “heavenly Father, you created all things for your glory and made us stewards of these creatures.” 

When I took my morning walk at Yuba College and some hungry cats begged me for food, I felt compelled to be their caretakers. With the help of a generous lady from the ASPCA, we were able to neuter and castrate at least seven cats and had the babies placed for adoption. Once feral cats are grown, they are not likely adoptable anymore. Yuba College now claims we have to stop feeding these animals, because they want to relocate skunks, who live there, too. Now, I don’t understand why the skunks can’t be trapped without the cats being sacrificed and starved. The cats have not stopped hunting, because “Mamacat,” who I have been feeding fo several years, recently brought me a mouse as a “thank-you” gift. If I can’t come to feed the cats, even for a day, they are ravenous with hunger, and it is not that they don’t hunt, but for lack of prey. (And we wouldn’t’ want them to catch birds anyway).

The students like the cats and some play with them and bring food. 

I don’t think it is a good policy to starve the cats, because we wouldn’t’ want sick animals around. Yuba College has a veterinary department and they could neuter and castrate the population that hasn’t been fixed. My friend from the ASPCA and I would have continued to trap and sterilize the animals, if the college had’t thrown our trap into the trash. 

I would appreciate the public’s input; after all, the college is a public institution and all our taxes make it function.  

Lieselotte Mikel

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