Feral cat 1HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (3/98/18) — Residents around Hopkins County have possibly noticed the feral cat population is increasing. 

Some volunteers have worked through the winter months to help feed and provide shelter for the strays. Two city residents, who preferred their names not to be mentioned due to unwanted animal drop-offs at their homes, say they hope to not only find loving homes for some of the felines, but to provide spay/neuter services to help manage the overpopulation through its trap and release program.

The volunteers, known as the “feral cat mamas,” are passionate about providing care to the disposed animals. The group also works to post lost pet photos from across the tristate on their Facebook page to help them find their way back home.

“We are a throw-away society — we throw away what we don’t want,” that includes children, senior adults and animals, said Belinda Adcock, president of Pet Lovers United. “To us animal people, they are important. The feral cat community is growing in Hopkins County and Madisonville by massive numbers.”

Volunteers said people purge pets from apartment buildings prior mandatory inspections, even dropping off cats that have been declawed or throw them out when they go into heat.

Pet Lovers United No-Kill Rescue of Madisonville-Hopkins County is asking every animal lover to participate in its $5 challenge for 12 months to help fund the feral cat program. The group also assists homeless dogs.

Adcock, along with other unpaid volunteers in the county, launched the nonprofit organization’s trap and release spay/neuter feral cat program last year in an effort to reduce the staggering cat overpopulation in Hopkins County.

The no-kill rescue also supports the spay-neuter program for dogs in addition to assisting with animal adoption and foster care.

“We work with the public directly to try to help get an unwanted animal adopted before it arrives at the kill shelters,” Adcock said.

The cost to spay a female cat is $60, and neuter service is $40, and that price includes a discount, volunteers said. Cats also are tested for feline leukemia at a cost of $25-$30 and provided a rabies vaccine at $13. Pet Lovers United stated they are the only agency committed to take on the feral cat issue in the immediate area.

“We currently have $48 in our general account and $58.81 in our spay-neuter account to start the month of March,” the nonprofit stated.

Pet Lovers United is in need of volunteers to build feral cat homes. They also are asking for bags of dry cat food (Purina brand preferred) to help feed the hundreds of area feral cats in addition to live traps for its trap and release program.

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To donate to the Pet Lovers United organization, mail checks or money orders to P.O. Box 1701, Madisonville, Kentucky 42431.

For more information, email Adcock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit the organization’s Facebook page by clicking here.

Doreen Dennis
SurfKY News Director
Region 2

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