August 8, 2015
As SMU has announced, the University must safely and humanely manage its feral cat population to support the health and well-being of our campus community. We had planned to begin a relocation effort this week, but action has been suspended and normal feeding procedures have resumed as we work with feral cat program volunteers on possible solutions. We appreciate their input and the input we’ve received from community members.
Concerns about animals in urban areas include overpopulation and the risk of diseases transmitted by insects such as fleas, which have increased throughout the region in part due to the heavy spring rains. As a result, several SMU facilities required extensive treatment for fleas this summer to prepare for the fall term.
Our top priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff as we prepare for a new academic term. We recognize that managing the feral cat population is a complex and sensitive issue, and we ask for patience as we collaborate on solutions.
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