LAS VEGAS -- Communities across the Las Vegas valley have come up with unique ways to curb the feral cat population.
In 2010, in the middle of the recession, more than 21,000 cats ended up at the Lied Animal Shelter. Each year since then, fewer and fewer have come in and the most drastic drop was seen last year when nearly 15,000 cats ended up at the shelter.
The success is due in large part to spay and neutering programs. One neighborhood has been leading the way in bringing the population down.
Glen Heather Estates near Rancho Drive and Oakey Boulevard, like many neighborhoods, is home to a cat colony.
At Glen Heather Estates, volunteers feed the stray felines, trap them, and get them spayed or neutered. Neighbors say the cats probably don't enjoy the process, but it is for their own good.
Gladys Engstrom has been feeding cats for years. She has even named the regulars.