After backlash, Rochelle works with animal advocacy groups to deal with feral cats

ROCHELLE (WREX) — The city of Rochelle announced it will be working with organizations to find a humane way to deal with feral cats in the area.

Rochelle city hall says it will remove outdated language in its municipal code that allows stray animals to be euthanized at a city council meeting on Monday. It says it is working with animal advocacy groups like Community Cats United and Best Friends and Alley Cat Allies who offered advice and solutions to the feral cat problem.

Rochelle city hall posted the following message on their Facebook page on Saturday:

“We appreciate the offers received from near and far organizations to assist us in developing a trap, neuter, return program. We take your concerns seriously and are taking steps to develop such a program.”

The arrangements come after a storm of outrage from hundreds of people who debated on the city’s feral cat program which would euthanize feral cats.

The city posted on its Facebook page Thursday, saying traps are available 24/7 at the Rochelle Police Department. Once a feral cat is trapped the city says residents should deliver the trap to the Rochelle Veterinary Clinic for euthanasia and return the empty trap to the police department.

Rochelle later canceled the program to trap and euthanize feral cats on Thursday after the community expressed major concern online.

Rochelle city hall hopes to work with organizations to house feral cats and adopt them out to families. It says, “on Tuesday we are speaking with Fixin Feral Felines in neighboring DeKalb, Illinois and we hope to involve area animal shelters and vet clinics as well. Our staff is committed to a humane solution.”

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