Growing Feral Cat Problem Worries Buckeye Lake Community


Residents are puzzled with the number of feral cats roaming free in their neighborhood.

Licking County humane agents say Buckeye Lake is faced with a feral cat epidemic, and the problem could only get worse during the summer months.

Rescue organizations are now stepping in to help with the problem.

Feral cats are pretty much everywhere you look at Leisure Village Home Mobile Park. The Licking County Humane Society describes it as an epidemic, and the residents say it's a nuisance.

Charlie West has lived at Buckeye Lake for 10 years and says cats have gradually outnumbered people there.

"There's cat's everywhere around here, they're running all over the place,” said West. He adds the cats are often abandoned by their owners.

It's a problem the Licking County Humane Society has been working hard to tackle.

"The housing can be very transitional there, and so what you have is a lot of people who have to leave and leave behind animals. Either they can't take them with them, or they don't have any place to go next," said Lori Carlson, executive director of the Licking County Humane Society.

Carlson says cats can reproduce every four months or so, and in this particular community hundreds are roaming around with new litters every day.

"This is a community issue, and if we don't get on top of it, every day we wait, we have a worse problem," said Columbus Dog Connection Director Kellie DiFrischia who works closely with the Humane Society.

She and her team recently traveled to Licking County to help combat the problem.

Their mobile unit is equipped with two surgical tables, and they can perform 40 spay or neuter surgeries a day.

Both organizations are hoping to greatly reduce the cat population but say the costly procedures aren't possible without the communities help.