Seen In The Neighborhood

A NATOMAS BUZZ reader sent us these articles from this month’s “Heritage Park Herald.” The article about feral cats may affect those living outside the senior community and their pets may be trapped and hauled away. Thanks for the share, L.V.!


  1. Yet another reason to keep your cats indoors. They live longer, healthier lives as indoor cats anyways.

  2. But if we keep our cats inside, what will the coyotes eat?

  3. Don’t miss – the Safe Cats Campaign by the Human Society of the United States.

    I love cats (I share a house with a gaggle of them) — but I believe allowing cats to roam freely in our neighborhoods is a terrible thing. Domestic cats need to be kept indoors 100% of the time for their safety. has all the facts to support this.

    I’m perplexed by the fact that the newsletter included contact information for Happy Tails: “Happy Tails – This is a catch and release program. The organization loans the cages. If kittens are trapped, they will take them, neuter them and put them up for adoption. If adult cats are trapped, they will neuter them if you promise to release them back to where they were. You must promise not to take the animals you trap with their cages to the animal control. Releasing roaming animals back into the community is against CC&Rs, please refer to section 2-11 in your handbook.”

    I’m confused: suppose I live in Heritage Park and I manage to trap an adult feral cat in a Happy Tails loaned cage… According to Happy Tails policy, apparently I must transport the cat to Happy Tails and they will spay or neuter them, and then I must bring the altered cat back to where I trapped it and release it there. However, my CC&Rs prohibit me from that. That appears to be an irreconcilable conflict.

    I would hope that Heritage Park would consider a change in policy that would allow for release of an altered adult feral cat at the same location the animal was trapped in the first place — an altered adult feral cat is far better for the community than an unaltered adult feral cat.

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