By Irina Nizovsteva / Staff Writer

LBCC has attracted the attention of animal advocates and supporters over the past few years.

First, the overgrown bunny population had to be taken under control. Now the feral cat population is an ongoing topic of conversation.

Both LAC and PCC have been a home for over 30 feral cats. Despite never being incidents of feral cat attacks on students or employers, they post other health concerns including fleas, smell of urine and feces and allergies.

Aaisha Atkins, a theatre arts major, said, “I personally don’t like cats and want them removed from the campus.”

Yolanda Fernandez, administrative assistant for the English and Foreign Language Departments in the School of Language Arts, said, “When I got here in the 1970’s, there were no animals here. The college is no place for animals. They have fleas and smell. It’s just unprofessional.”

In a memo to employees Monday, Feb. 23, Vice President of Human Resources Rose DelGaudio said, “Beginning this Spring semester, the college established a program and procedures for the feeding and caring of cats that exist at both PCC and LAC.”

Designated cat feeding locations have been identified at the PCC (northeast corner of Building MM) and the LAC (west side of Building M), DelGaudio said.

District-approved volunteers are only allowed to feed the cats from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. in the designated locations, she wrote.