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Letters to the Editor

Additional views on the costs of feral cat control

This letter concerns the JAVMA News article “Economic study estimates costs of feral cat control,”1 which summarized findings of an economic study commissioned by Best Friends Animal Society. According to the article, the study concluded that “[c]atching and euthanizing… is less effective at population control than are trapneuter-and-return programs….”

First, the study did not evaluate control in terms of effectiveness and did nothing to show that trap-neuter-and-return (TNR) programs are more effective than catch-and-euthanize programs. Rather, the study only assessed the relative costs of these programs. The