Butte County Officials Address Concerns About Cats Displaced by Camp Fire

There have been rumors going around social media in Butte County saying that feral cats housed in an emergency shelter will be euthanized.

Posted: Dec 31, 2018 4:57 PM
Updated: Dec 31, 2018 5:25 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - There have been rumors going around social media in Butte County saying that feral cats housed in an emergency shelter will be euthanized.

Action News Now reporter Laura Eng did some digging and discovered that the rumor is not true. 

The Butte County Emergency Animal Shelter temporarily houses animals found in areas affected by the Camp Fire. 

"Of the hundreds of animals we had in the Butte County Emergency Animal Shelters, we've had approximately 15 cats that are considered feral cats," said Lisa Almaguer, public information officer for Butte County Health. "We are working in coordination with Paradise to sterilize the cats and return them back to feral cat colonies in the local area." 

The California National Guard has been at the emergency shelter for weeks taking care of the animals. The guard members walk, feed and clean the cages every day.

Almaguer also explained what the shelter's long-term goal is. 

"Butte County's primary effort is reunifying animal owners with their animals," she said. "We're helping them identify long-term sheltering solutions." 

Almaguer said that the sterilized cats have already been returned to feral colonies in the area. 

The temporary shelter's target closure date is Friday, Jan. 4. The county hopes that owners are able to pick up pets by then. 

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