Cats returned to Tonawanda Island Saturday

Tonawanda Island cats returned Saturday

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Tonawanda Island was full of cats and it seemed they would overtake the island, but now they are back after a mission to help control their population.

This island used to be overrun with cats… And there will likely always be cats on tonawanda island but now the population is controlled.

One by one, dozens of cats were released back onto their island home. But they return to Tonawanda island vetted and unable to reproduce. Operation island cats trapped about 130 cats, most were caught just this week.

“We had a great group of volunteers that were out here all working 12, 13 hour days just trapping cats,” according to Danielle Coogan, founder, Operation Island Cats.

The kittens from the island were put up for adoption, so were any friendly adult cats but most of them will live out their lives here on the island.
But unless more are dumped here the population should stop growing.

“Everyone is just excited that we don’t have to be taking kittens and bottle feeding them and socializing then because it’s a tough process and very time consuming,” Judy Arida, Tonawanda Island land owner, told News 4’s Elysia Rodriguez.

Operation Island cats raised more than 13,000 dollars to control the population here most of that money was spent on vet bills the rest will be used to keep the cats comfortable

“A lot of people have come out and helped a lot of people have donated igloos for their shelter and sent money, food and their time,” Coogan added.

The process of trapping, neutering then releasing feral cats used to be illegal in North Tonawanda, but Supporters of this project pushed the common council to change that law. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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