Neighbors Fed up with Feral Cats Clawing for Attention

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

In a backyard that belongs to the dog Knuckles - and his owner, Amy Hendricks - some unfriendly visitors have them at the end of their leash.

Feral cats.

"We've just been inundated with them," Hendricks said.

And now she is fed up.

Hendricks said the cats made themselves at home under the shed, before her husband made some fixes. They also like fishing in her pond.

But Hendricks and her neighbors want rid of them.

"We run them out daily," she said.

Hendricks said Animal Control told her they would give her traps, but that Hendricks would have to take them to be emptied.

That is something Hendricks, as a cancer survivor and a taxpayer, says she does not think she should have to do.

"I'm concerned that I'll be scratched, that I will be personally diseased from these cats," she said. "None of these cats have been immunized whatsoever."

Problems with feral animals, however, are not isolated only to this street in the Greenspring Valley neighborhood. But veterinarians say it does highlight the need for getting animals spayed and neutered, because it is a problem that can multiply quickly.

"Getting them spayed or neutered is going to help, because if you don't, they will reproduce, and then you go from one kitten to having 15 kittens," said Dr. Sara Beebe, veterinarian at the Augusta Regional SPCA spay/neuter clinic.

Hendricks said the problem in her neighborhood is already out of control, and now she is looking for help from the city to contain it.

WHSV reached out to the Staunton Police Department, which oversees Animal Control for the city, but as of this writing did not hear back. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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