McPherson Mayor Tom Brown addressed the City's response to cat issues at Monday's City Commission meeting. There is not a cat ordinance in McPherson.
Mayor Brown explained, "It's kind of impossible to herd cats, and we do not have the personnel to go around. I know that the Humane Society and the few people they have work many hours. That is their passion, and we have tried to support them."
Mayor Brown cited the City's contributions to the Fix-A-Cat program as an example of that support. In 2009, the City said that for cats that were fixed here in McPherson that they would pay a certain amount of those costs.
Mayor Brown said, "Between 2009 through the end of 2013, we fixed 992 cats."
The City's financial contribution to those cat fixings was $48,205 during that time.
Mayor Brown added, "This year, we gave them another $12,000 without having to check all the veterinary receipts and everything and said, you manage that, you do them as you see fit."
The funds were provided to the Humane Society in January to assist them with operating capital.
An additional $12,000 has been budgeted for the Fix-A-Cat program in 2015.