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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Washington, D.C., Is Counting All Its Cats. It Will Take 3 Years And $1.5 Million

Counting cats, much like herding them, is a complicated proposition.

But a coalition of groups in Washington, D.C., is giving it a shot.

PetSmart Charities, the Humane Society, the Humane Rescue Alliance and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are collaborating on a project called the D.C. Cat Count, which aims to create a more accurate estimate of the city's entire cat population — both feral cats and pet cats.

The project is anticipated to take three years and cost $1.5 million. The groups hope the data will help improve efforts to manage the cat population.

As Jacob Fenston of member station WAMU explains, "cats are controversial. ... felines have long been blamed for killing wildlife like birds and small mammals."

In some cases, as The Washington Post reports, cats threaten protected or endangered species. But in other cases, they can be helpful at reducing pest populations, like rats.



Anonymous said...

It seems that NYC doesn't have enough cats, or cats that are large enough to take on a six pound rat.

Anonymous said...

Counting cats is a much easier task than counting rats in the FBI.

Anonymous said...

spend that money for the homeless...who cares about how many cats. what will that prove anyhow.

Anonymous said...

After 3 yrs and $1.5M, THEN what will they do?

Do it again? (Sounds like the OC City Council way of doing things)