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Rio Linda’s feral cat trapper

One woman’s quest to save kittens and solve cat problems in the community.

Rio Linda, CA — Those who strengthen Northern California are those who inspire us and make our community a livable place. ABC10 wants to emphasize their strengths by recognizing what they are doing. This week we’re introducing Sarah Williams, the founder of the Rio Linda Ferral Help Group. A non-profit organization that aims to rescue stray cats and contraceptive / castrated stray cats.

Walk through the residential areas of Rio Linda and North Highlands and you’ll have the chance to meet stray cats. Many of them. It’s a problem that has been exacerbated since the pandemic began.

“We’re in full swing kitten season, but it’s getting worse this year because we couldn’t give birth to kittens last year due to the effects of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19).” Williams said.

One solution to the problem of overpopulation is a technique called TNR or Trap Neuter Return. This technique has been approved and recommended by Sacramento SPCA, and Williams has been doing it for the past three years.

“I used to only rescue kittens, but after that I realized that kittens came and had to solve the problem,” says Williams.

Williams can catch dozens of cats and kittens at any time. Often she finds them around the drainage channels that flow through the neighborhood.

“Here in North Highlands, there is the Cement Canal, a cat highway,” Williams said.

The canal is fenced, allowing stray cats to move from neighborhood to neighborhood and grow very easily, according to Williams. Capture and castration in this area prevent stray cats from becoming pregnant. It helps, but returning is just as important.

“If you remove all the cats from one place, there is nothing to prevent the movement of other cats, so it’s called the vacuum effect.”

Williams can receive 30 to 40 TNR requests per week. Rio Linda Feral Help Group Facebook PageIt’s also a great place to watch a video of her progress and donate to her cause.

Sarah Williams has a strong Nor Cal. If you want to nominate a strong Northern Californian, send the text (916) 321-3310 and enter NorCal Strong in that text. Feel free to submit photos and web links in your submission.

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