Kathy's Kitties Works to Save Threatened Texas Prison Cats
A policy change meant a death sentence for over 300 feral cats at Gatesville Prison. Kathy Kwieran got permission for some cats to be pulled and saved but is still working on saving the rest. She asks everyone to please sign and share her petition and the cats’ plight.
Kathy Kwieran’s non-profit group Kathy’s Kitties is dedicated to providing spay and neuter services to domestic cats and their owners, and TNR to the Killeen, Texas area’s feral cats. Kathy has done TNR for many of the Gatesville Prison cats in the past, and has been the person to stand up and take action when a new warden decided that the long accepted presence of over 100 feral cats at the prison would no longer be allowed.
This Monday, the prison had employees begin trapping the cats, with Gatesville Animal Control coming out to pick them up. Animal Control acknowledged that the cats would be euthanized. Worse, any cats killed would die a terrible death by heartstick injection. A small number of cats had already been killed when the local ABC news affiliate ran a story yesterday. That story is shown below. In contrast to the reasoning given in the video, we were told this evening that, according to guards, no one has said they were bitten by any of the cats.
Between her success in contacting the right people, exposure from the news report and her petition at Change.org, Kathy has made some headway in her effort to save the cats’ lives. She posted last night at the group’s Kathy’s Kitties Facebook Page, “Good News: Animal Control agreed to let us get the eartipped cats. But the only way to save the others is by adoption only. Apparently they have quite a few cats now. I will be getting a list tomorrow and will be able to give you more info then. I think our next step will be setting up a meeting with the wardens to see if we can negotiate or try to compromise something where we all can be happy. So the more media exposure and signatures on the petition the better for our negotiations. So please sign and share! Thanks.”
Kathy and her group may need to act fast to ensure that lives are not lost while they are trying to get an agreement or make arrangements for all of the cats to be saved. Kathy is not the only area resident upset by the cats’ death sentence, but she has the experience to get things done.
Any readers wishing to help can sign and share the petition, found here:
Change.org petition: Gatesville Prison Cats: Use TNR to control the overpopulation of feral cats at the prison.