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Hundreds of cats take over small island in New York

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Friday, August 1, 2014, 4:34 PM - A small island near Buffalo, N.Y. has become overrun with 'hundreds' of feral cats.

Countless residents have been dropping unwanted pets off at the spot for years -- causing Niagara River's Tonawanda Island to become overrun.

Mike Charnock owns a marnia nearby and tells the Associated Press that the cats are "making a mess" of the 35-hectare island.

Some have even found their way onto his marina's boats.

Danielle Coogan has decided to take matters into her own hands by launching Operation Island Cats.


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"This is a small island with a big cat problem," she tells WIVB4.

Coogan has been trapping the cats and having them spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Kittens are being put up for adoption while adults are being returned to the island.

“We do have some people that come [to the island] several times a week and will fill trays of dry food and wet food,” she adds.

She hopes that by preventing the cats from reproducing, she'll be able to "clean up" the island while allowing adults to spend the rest of their lives on "their beautiful island home".

Coogan is accepting donations that will help cover the medical costs of the cats.

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