Reality: Urban areas like Chicago have lots of city rats
Reality: Community cats are everywhere, including big cities.
Reality: Spay/Neuter and rabies vaccines for community cats is the only known effective means to keep population numbers in check.
Reality: City rat abatement programs have all but gone away due to budget problems. Leaving poison outdoors means dogs or children may get into the poison, which isn’t exactly a “green” way of dealing with the problem
Community cats that are spay/neutered and vaccinated, and located to where rats are. The rats quickly find new real estate.
WMAQ-TV, Chicago does the story (If you have ad blocker turned on, the video will not play)… You can also check out the video here.