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Cat Man doing 'fabulous job for the city'

By jim Published: October 8, 2009

WINDSOR, Ont. -- Virtually every morning you’ll find the Cat Man stalking his prey: feral felines.

But Mike Gabor shows nothing but love for the kitties he collects.

The big South Windsor biker with the even bigger heart traps the street cats, talking to them and cuddling them if they’re not too aggressive, and brings them to the Clearwater Animal Hospital to have them neutered before returning them to the outdoors.

Gabor, known as the Cat Man, wants to reduce the number of stray cats as a more humane way than euthanasia to deal with the growing population.

Gabor has been lobbying Windsor councillors to start a trap-neuter-return program citywide, something that some other North American cities have adopted.

in 2003 and 2004, the city put aside $30,000 for a pilot trap-neuter-return program. But licensing commissioner Diane Bertolin said the project “failed miserably” because many people didn’t want the city returning cats to their neighborhoods.

Melanie Coulter, the executive director of the Humane Society of Windsor and Essex County, estimates between 25,000 and 50,000 feral cats live in Windsor.

Read the full story and watch a video of Gabor.

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