Kansas Humane Society

Abigail Wilson

A substantial number of cities and counties across the United States practice trap, neuter, return, or TNR, as a method of animal control for feral cats. Estimates put the number of free-roaming cats in Wichita around 100,000. And while the city ordinances don’t exactly support TNR, a local group hopes that will soon change.

The Kansas Humane Society euthanized about 4,000 animals last year but an official says the number of animals saved continues to improve.

Spokeswoman Melissa Houston says the society provided services for 17,000 animals last year, with about 13,000 homeless. Of that number, more than 9,000 were adopted but the other 4,000 had to be euthanized.

Houston says decisions on which animals to put down are usually based on health and behavior, but some are based on space at the shelter.

During the dust bowl, I know from watching Ken Burns’ recent engaging PBS documentary, they had Black Sunday. It was the day of a devastating dust storm that blackened the sky. 300 million tons of topsoil blew away in that single event.