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According to Alley Cat Allies, 7 out of 10 cats who end up in shelters are killed each year. For feral cats who are funneled into the system, the kill rate is virtually 100 percent.

Feral cats aren’t the same as strays. For the most part, they’re more like wild animals who won’t seek out people. No one wants to spend the time or resources on what the ASPCA equates to trying to adopt a raccoon and turn it into a house pet. As such, it’s virtually impossible to place feral cats in homes, especially considering the number of already domesticated cats who are up for adoption.

According to the ASPCA, left unchecked, one female cat and her offspring can produce 420, 000 cats. With populations estimated in the tens of millions, what’s to be done with them all?

Fortunately, there are simple steps can be taken to improve their lives and reduce their numbers, instead of employing cruel methods aimed at eradication, or relocation, which don’t appear to be effective.

Colony caretakers and programs like Trap-Neuter-Return are a very important resource for feral cats. Caretakers can provide food, water and shelter, in addition to working with groups like Alley Cat Allies to educate the community on how to coexist with cats. 

Trap-Neuter-Return programs are also a humane alternative to elimination and not only reduce the number of feral cats, but also improve their health.

Check out Alley Cat Allies for ways you can help, and sign Care2’s petition to promote the protection of feral cats. 

 

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12:19PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

TNR programs do work and should be part of every city's policies. It improves the lives of ferrel cats, keeps the population down, and (eventually) reduces the resources needed to help control the problem (ex vet time and expenses, animal services city staff). Win, win, win. One of those happy options where the practical thing and the moral thing are the same.

5:26AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

MEOW...These feral cats obviously have a better chance of survival outside cause if they get into some shelter,well they are murdered. How totally senseless. The SPAY&NEUTER program is the way to go for ALL CATS!!!! The kindness and generosity of people is also a better option,no???? I myself have 11 awesome cats,6 are black cat rescues. These black rescues are for absurd reasons very seldom adopted,and are left lingering either in kennels waiting or ultimately,a worse fate. Why someone cannot come up with a Birth Control vaccine for cats&dogs is mind boggling...MEOW MEOW MEOW.

2:55PM PST on Dec 28, 2009

1 of the 8 cats i did adopt was a feral cat,he only liked me ,never forget the day we took him to get fixed ,omg he bite a hole through my husbands glove which was those gloves that you use for welding ,real tuff leather,but we did get him to the vets office, i really liked him ,he did turn out to be a nice cat ,took yrs though

11:00PM PDT on Jul 16, 2009

Hi i do fully beleive in the trap neuter spay and release program, i feed about 12 to 15 cats every day that all live together, in a colony, they are all beautiful healthy cats , but i feel so sorry for the females, who are always pregnant ,and then there are the babies , who we never get to see untill they are wild. we have been trying to get this program going for a long time now but the city i live in would rather spend the money having them put down, which is more costly,so until then we will just have to do the best we can,at least they know someone cares ,God bless them.

1:20AM PDT on Jul 10, 2009

The poor animas need to be helped. As owners of animals we need to be responsible to many cats are left running around then there breeding and it not fair on them when there court.

8:47PM PDT on Jun 6, 2009

Oops, the entry below was meant for another thread re: rehabing dogs that have bitten someone. Too many issuse that I can't keep my nose out of, nor keep track.

5:08PM PDT on Jun 6, 2009

But, if I can socialize over 178 dogs (w/ 1 failure) and place the majority of them into new homes with No Troubles, Rehabilitation IS Possible. Just not worthy of societies time or trouble.

Post suggesting stricter Fines for NEGLECTFUL owners is what I've been fighting for. Other posts suggesting some people shouldn't have pets; EXACTLY! For that matter, that should go for People not having kids either, but that's another topic.

The Fight for Animal Rights is never ending. So sad that is so necessary.

5:04PM PDT on Jun 6, 2009

Auh! I ment the post below for a "rehabilitaing biting dogs" thread.

1:49PM PDT on Jun 5, 2009

That is not true cats are not the problem with killing wild creatures and birds. Please read this link www.alleycat.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=325 The real reason for decline of wild animal species is that human activity is destroying their habitat. Killing cats does not help the problem. TNR has been proven to work trap and kill has been PROVEN not to work. So why waste time with something that does not work. Why perpetuate the myth that the cats are at fault. The few creatures they kill are not the problem. We are talking about cats not dogs and kane toads. You are only trying to change the subject because you do not want to try something that actually works. They are different species requiring different tactics but if it was possible to nueter them then it would probably work with cane toads too much more effectively than trying to kill them. Its not just a matter of being kind these TNR methods actually work better than killing them. There have been studies that prove it. So do what is barbaric and doesnt work or what works seems a silly choice to me do what works.

9:52AM PDT on Jun 5, 2009

Okay Boys, I've "Suggested" TNR might be helpful in some situations. It will not "SOLVE" Any problems mentioned here. I consider it an Aid to the methods now in use. I am stating "My Belief" that Killing wildlife (cat, rabbit or toad; didn't feel it was necessary to type out every animal, in earlier posts) is not a solution, but a uncivilized band-aid on a cancerous situation.
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