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.