April 5, 2017 - USA - A cat-loving Amry sergeant plays with a foster cat at a self-styled backyard shelter in a neighborhood at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in a photo approved for release by the U.S. military. (Credit Image: © Carol Rosenberg/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

Guantánamo Bay Naval Base is home to a military prison, and now, a growing stray cat population.
In March, a nonprofit billing itself as Operation Git-Meow issued a request to start an adopt-a-cat program to help connect feral cats with new homes. Last year, almost 200 feral cats at Guantánamo underwent euthanasia because the military base had no alternative method to address the cat population, according to the Miami Herald.
Under current policy, the base is bound to the practice of “trap, neuter, and release.” However, a percentage of Guantánamo’s stray cat population may be euthanized if deemed too ill, injured, or dangerous to the general public. The navy base commander Capt. Dave Culpepper rejected the formal proposal to create a rescue program for cats, citing regulations and a lack of authority over the matter. Instead, Culpepper’s team is “committed to maintaining an animal control program as guided by Navy and Department …