Categories: trap-neuter-release

Los Angeles feral cat colony caretaker needs URGENT help from fellow cat lovers


UPDATE 28 Aug 2018: RESULT! The planned trapping of these cats has been stopped. Please read this page and then please click on this link to read the update. My thanks to all the wonderful cat lovers and carers who responded and who put pressure on those planning to trap the cats

West Valley, Plummer St., Chatsworth, LA: Barbara Yabor posted on Facebook that a colony of feral cats that she has been caring for over 12 years are about to be trapped by the authorities. A permit has been issued and a notice of the license has been posted in the area where the feral cats live. Click this link to go to Barbara’s Facebook page or visit her post on this link.


Barbara is naturally very distraught and would love any assistance that can be provided by fellow cat lovers to save the cats which Barbara has so unstintingly cared for for so long. These cats are going to die and she loves them dearly. She has given her heart to help them.

The departmental trapping begins 29 Aug 2018 (in five days time) so this is very urgent indeed.

Please read Barbara’s FB post below (reproduced verbatim) and contact her via the post to help.

On the wall of the HUD apt building I live in, today!


A permit to trap cats in this area pursuant to Los Angeles Municipal code section 53.06.3 has been approved.

12 years ago I with my Manager took 6 baby kittens to the SPCA in Chatsworth, Ca. To be euthanized, because this woman was watering them to death after I told her to stop and I moved the kittens to another location, the Mama Cat kept bringing them back? One month later, I had every cat in this area TNRd ! About 10 kitties. The more that came to eat, them I TNR,d also!

Fast forward 2018, after too many arguments with a cat hating ex felon living here and him vandalizing my Garden, great many posts on Walls with degrading my character for feeding outside cats , flat tires on my car, Cyberstalking on a Cat blog by Michael Broad. 6 pepper spray attacks and Bullying, Stalking and harassment for 12 yrs.

This is now what I’m facing on the 29th of August, for 3 weeks. I have all kinds of documentation to show the City Attorney s DA. But what will it take to keep them from destroying my Colony, after they trap.

I am 73, can disabled from putting up with the abuse from this Criminal. I go out late at night to feed them as he has been stalking for years and is even more aggressive lately.

Any advice??, my heart is breaking for my sweet, beloved Colony. I don’t think I can bear anymore pain, now the pain of them being trapped and destroyed has frightened me to death, my heart is beating irregular and I’m hyper

Michael Broad is familiar with my story.

Thank you.

The law

Below I quote the law under which this permit to trap was issued.

SEC. 53.06.3. TRAPPING – PERMIT REQUIRED. (Amended by Ord. No. 170,644, Eff. 9/14/95.)

(a) No person shall set, or cause to be set, any trap to catch any animal, other than rats, mice, pocket gophers, ground squirrels and moles, without having first obtained a permit therefor from the Department prior to the setting of any such trap.

(b) The Department shall charge and collect for issuance of a permit to trap a coyote a fee of $200.00.

(c) The Department shall establish conditions which the applicant for a permit to trap a coyote must satisfy prior to the issuance of any such permit. If the General Manager or the General Manager’s designee determines that the applicant has satisfied the conditions, then the Department shall issue a permit to trap a coyote. The Department shall further ensure that those conditions will be maintained and that the permittee shall inform neighboring residents, located within a distance established by the Department, that coyote trapping will be occurring in their area.

(d) No person shall set, or cause to be set, any snare, body gripping trap, body crushing trap, deadfall trap, leg hold trap, or any trap or snare that captures an animal other than rats, mice, pocket gophers, ground squirrels and moles, by gripping or snaring any part of the animal including its body, head, neck or limb, or that maims or causes the inhumane death or suffering of any animal. (Added by Ord. No. 183,001, Eff. 5/28/14.)

(e) The Department shall promulgate rules and regulations which are reasonably necessary to minimize the suffering of animals trapped in humane traps such as box, culvert or cage traps. These rules and regulations may include the placement of the traps and visitation schedules, identification and contact information for the trap, the type and use of permissible bait, and the treatment of the trapped animals. (Added by Ord. No. 183,001, Eff. 5/28/14.)


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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • I am leaning on My Lord also, after all is said and done. They belong to God but we are their STEWARDS!! I WILL ALWAYS put my two sense in and or when it comes to animal abuse. This is not North Korea. THis is the United States of America, and this is Los Angeles, a city of progressive thinkers and doer's! that is one of the main reasons I moved to this great city. People who are Liberal minded and ahead of the curve!!! The City of Angels, not of haters, people who want to help, not enjoy hurting people!
    LA sets the style for nearly EVERYTHING. I am honored to live in such a progressive City. Let's not set destroying our wildlife (esp with people who are so happy to help them) as the presedent!! We are loosing precious Wildlife from the fires, our homelessness is over the top, in this area and other parts of LA. WE ALL CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE, not only here but all over the World!!! I am grying to save the Cts I have been feeding for 12 yrs. I became active in TNR work because I could not to stand by and watch innocent creatures being abused, drowned and poisoned where I live!!

    • Thanks Barbara. I admire you for your efforts. Please tell us how this pans out. I'd like to hear that the cats have been saved.

  • I saw a couple of people mention that they are also caring for feral cat colonies. If each colony caretaker could help to relocate even just a few cats, that would make the difference!

      • Unfortunately, relocating cats is always the very last thing you want to do I mean when it comes down to it do or die situation yeah you have to let relocation is such a difficult process and something like 70% of the cats don’t make it they try to get back to where they came from it’s really difficult and chances are the cats won’t survive unless they I have very thought out very intense and printing procedure done so you can’t just willy-nilly scatter cats around to different colonies. It’s something that needs to be painstakingly thought out and unfortunately there’s not a lot of time for that many times so it’s a very difficult situation. Not trying to be a downer here I’m just trying to bring in the voice of experience

        • I agree it is hard to do and success is not guaranteed but....this is an emergency and the lives of these cats are at stake. I don't know but some of the cats might be adoptable.

  • This is a total nightmare caused by complete ignorance and evil. I'm managing 3 cat colonies myself and this is my biggest fear.
    I've had to educate the business property owners the cats live on and hope they continue to offer some understanding.
    I will go onto her FB page

    • I think you have hit the nail on the head with the word 'ignorance'. Feral cat colony caretakers have to deal with the ignorance of others, often unpleasant cat hating neighbours and stupid local authorities and businesses.

    • Please go to her Facebook page and communicate with her using comments or instant messages. See whether you can help. She'll tell you. The only way is to relocate the cats into foster homes if they are domesticated enough or relocate the colony. Some of the cats might be sufficiently domesticated. Thanks for thinking of the cats.

  • This scenario isn't uncommon. Cat haters seem to have a bigger voice than compassionate people. For every complaining cat hater, 10 lovers need to step up. It appears that this woman is alone. Her best option is to arm herself with allies. She can do that by calling every rescue group in her area and asking for help. Those that TNR may be willing to relocate the cats to other safe colonies and acclimate them so they stay, or just relocate them as a colony of their own. I can't see any legitimate TNR group turning their back on her. I'm positive that we wouldn't.

    • Because actually dealing with the feral and stray cat issue is going to require going after humans instead of just filling up garbage bags with the bodies of evidence and ignoring the source.

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