TANGIER ISLAND, Va. (AP) — For volunteers who descended on upon Tangier Island to help residents deal with hundreds of “community cats” that have bred on the low-lying Chesapeake island, it was a bit like, well, herding cats.

The cats aren’t really strays because most are fed by residents, but there are almost as many cats as humans on the island.

So, more than two dozen volunteers spent a week trapping as many as 100 a day and spaying and neutering them. The operation was coordinated by the nonprofit Best Friends Animal Society and drew volunteers from as far as Florida and Utah, where the society is based.

In all, about 300 of the island’s more than 400 cats were sterilized, the tips of their left ears snipped off to show they
had been fixed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (5)
  1. S.G. Mann says:

    TANGIER ISLAND, Md.?? The last time I looked at a map, Tangier Island was in Virginia, not Maryland. Does anybody proofread the articles from AP?

  2. Bullfrog says:

    Great work and three cheers to the volunteers who devoted their time, money and last but not least their love to spare the lives of these beautiful cats. Too many are killed, or maimed each year because of creeps and people who just don’t care. Due to your love for animals your organization has enhanced the lives of these cats, your organization has given them a chance to live a healthy, long and playful life. God Bless each and every one of you for your dedication and loyalty. From my heart THANK YOU!

  3. Michael Nauton says:


    1. Railroader says:

      Let’s tie a rope around you with some concrete blocks and feed you to the sharks! Yeah!

  4. Linda Shermer says:

    great that you rescued and neutered the cats We were there last tue. and found a very friendly black and white kitten maybe 6 months old and would have loved to bring him home with us. Thanks for the Humane treatment of these wonderful cats. L. Shermer

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