Thank you for doing an in-depth article on the situation of cats in our society. The cat problem is actually a people-caused problem. All it takes is one unaltered female and within a year you can have a dozen cats, generally unwanted and often neglected and abused.
I would encourage The Chronicle to print the Oregon State laws as well as the Lane County laws regarding animals (abuse, neglect, abandonment). And since cats are animals, they are included in these laws.
There are a number of responsible choices that can be made regarding cats that help . . .