Uptown Neighbors Chip In For Feral Cats To Displace Rats

Lisa Fielding
November 05, 2018 - 4:39 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Jennifer Goolsby has lived on the 4800 block of Winthrop Avenue for 14 years.

"I've never seen anything like it before," she said. "I go for a walk with my dog, and I'll see 6 rats in 5 o'clock in the afternoon."

The answer, they hope, are their new residents.

"We decided to get a colony of feral cats. They brought in the cages and the cats came in this weekend,” she said.

Goolsby says she's not sure why the sudden rat infestation.

"This has been going on for the last six months. Some people leave food out for the birds and we think that might be the culprit.

"It's been a problem for years. No matter how many times, they say don't leave food out, you'll see Raman noodles laid out, peas, noodles. They wanted to put camera up to catch the people who keep dumping the food in that area."

Goolsby said they may even need another feral colony down the block.

"There's a rental property down the block, and there are so many rats going in there. The neighbors who live on that end also have a major problem."

Goolsby says the rat problem has actually brought the residents together.

"The rats brought the neighbors together and we're all like, let's fight this problem.”

Residents all contributed to the $500 cost of the feral cats and are welcoming them and feeding them in hopes they'll stick around and scare the rodents away. 

For more information about Tree House Humane Society's trap-neuter-release program for feral cats, click here.