Humane Society developing new initiative to address local feral cat population

Updated: Oct 9, 2020

If you live in the Emporia or any surrounding communities, you may notice from time to time a large number of stray or feral cats around town.

The Humane Society of the Flinthills has certainly taken notice and are working on a new project to help humanely reduce the feral cat population locally. Recently appointed Humane Society Board member Victoria Partridge is heading up this new initiative after she noticed a "real need to have someone approaching the widespread community cat problem."

According to Partridge, the program has several steps including utilizing an approach known as trap neuter and return (TNR).

Partridge says the new program will also help to support community caregivers who take in large colonies of cats on a regular basis. This includes helping to provide food and winter houses, which are currently available through the Humane Society, for free.

Feral cats are un-owned domestic cats that tend to live outdoors and normally avoid human contact. They typically prefer not to be handled and will often hide from humans.

Feral cats can typically breed over 12 different generations.

If you would like more information on the work of the Humane Society of the Flinthills or have questions about their initiatives contact Humane Society Executive Director Caitlin Flood at 620-342-4477 or email