Taylor Beglane


Armed with wire traps and cat food cans, Leslie Kappel rises early every morning to stem the tide of Long Island feral cats. Within 10 miles between the two towns of Westhampton and Hampton Bays — a fraction of the 118 mile length of Long Island — Kappel has trapped cats at over 40 feral colonies. Kappel estimates that she has trapped and had sterilized over 500 feral cats since she started trapping six years ago, and keeps finding more. “The only thing we can do is fix them so they don’t multiply and put them back to where they came from,” said Kappel. “This is where they live.” This method of trap-neuter-release, or TNR, is embraced by most animal welfare organizations as the most ethical way to deal with the nearly 100 million feral cats prowling the backyards, businesses and alleyways of the United States. A review published this…