City councils in Charleston and St. Albans have grappled with the feral cat problem for years. The Kanawha Charleston Humane Association shelter now pushes a trap-neuter-return program that allows the wild cats to live but prevents them from procreating.
Led by director Chelsea Staley, the shelter is on its way to becoming a no-kill facility.
This week a national organization, Alley Cat Allies, awarded the shelter $5,000 in recognition of those efforts.
"We're really looking at shelters that adopt humane solutions," an association spokesperson said. Three cheers for the shelter.