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Airport Safety and the Feral Cat Population: Update

With Community Support, All Feral Cats from RIC Found Adoptive Homes

June 3, 2010

RICHMOND, Virginia (June 3, 2010) - Adoptive homes have been found for all ten of the feral cats that were turned over by Richmond International Airport to Henrico County Animal Control. County officials say that with the help of community groups, there was a significant response from area citizens who were interested in adopting the cats.

The growth of the feral cat population this spring became a safety issue as the cats were more frequently found wandering roadways, public parking facilities, taxiways and aircraft movement areas. An additional safety concern developed when citizens violated no trespassing laws by coming onto airport property to feed the cats. As a result, airport staff brought the cats to Animal Control to eliminate the safety risk of the unmanaged cat population on airport property.

The airport is grateful to the citizens who adopted the cats, and the airport will continue its efforts to prevent a large feral cat population from returning to the property.


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