I had the pleasure of congratulating Lori Anglin, president of Metro Ferals, last week when I called her to announce that Metro Ferals of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia had won the first weekly prize in Care2 and Adopt-a-Pet.com’s “A New Year of Hope for Animals” contest. This $500 weekly prize is awarded to a randomly selected rescue group or animal shelter to ensure that all of the groups participating in our contest have a chance to win a much-needed cash prize.
Metro Ferals is an all-volunteer organization established in 1997 to promote non-lethal alternatives to feral cat population control. Metro Ferals isn’t a traditional animal shelter; instead Metro Ferals is a registered non-profit rescue group whose primary focus is “TNR”: Trap-Neuter-Return. Metro Ferals volunteers trap feral cats, neuter and spay them and then return them to their “homes” where they ensure there is a human caretaker who is responsible for feeding and caring for these cats.
Metro Ferals’ volunteers rescue feral kittens and then foster, socialize and adopt out these kittens to loving homes. Metro Ferals also runs a low-cost spay and neuter clinic three days a month; when I spoke with Lori, she said they had spayed/neutered 117 cats at their last clinic!
According to The Humane Society of the United States, feral cat females can become pregnant as young as four or five months of age and may have two to three litters of kittens a year! Not only does having to produce and feed all of those kittens put an enormous burden on a feral kitty momma, but these litters of feral kittens add up quickly.
So what does $500 mean for the wonderful volunteers at Metro Ferals? With $500, Metro Ferals could spay and neuter five boy cats and five girl cats, giving these cats a better life and reducing the pet overpopulation problem.
And how can you help feral cats and homeless animals? Check out the good work Metro Ferals is doing, support your local rescue group or animal shelter, and make sure to vote in Care2 and Adopt-a-Pet.com’s new contest!