Feral cats are the
'wild' offspring of domestic cats and are primarily the result of pet owners'
abandonment or failure to spay and neuter their animals, allowing them to breed
uncontrolled. Feral cat 'colonies' can be found behind shopping areas or
businesses, in alleys, parks, abandoned buildings, and rural areas. They are
elusive and do not trust humans.
Many people assume their animals will survive when they move away and leave them
behind. Contrary to popular belief, domestic animals do not automatically return
to their "natural" instincts and cannot fend for themselves! Already, U.S.
animal shelters are forced to kill an estimated 15 million homeless cats and
dogs annually. The alternative to humane euthanasia for almost every stray is a
violent end or slow, painful death. Many "throwaways" die mercilessly outdoors
from starvation, disease, abuse --- or as food to a predator.
A pair of breeding cats, which can have two or more litters per year, can
exponentially produce 420,000 offspring over a seven-year period, And the
overpopulation problem carries a hefty price tag. Statewide, more than $50
million (largely from taxes) is spent by animal control agencies and shelters
for cat-related expenses.
Studies have proven that trapping-neutering-and releasing is the single most
successful method of stabilizing and maintaining healthy feral cat colonies with
the least possible cost to local governments and residents, while providing the
best life for the animals themselves.
Please note - If you
trap a feral cat, please don't drop it off in another area and make it someone
else's problem. Have the cat spayed or neutered and then release it. If
you find out that s(he) is adoptable, find a good home.
About Feral Cats
Understanding Feral Cat Colonies: Video Series
Neighborhood Cats/The Feral Cat Experts
Free Kittuns - An Essay
or Free Spay and Neuter Programs in the US
Shelters, Humane Societies, and Rescue Organizations Worldwide
Prayer Of A Homeless Cat
A soft bed in the corner,
A dish beside the door;
Bells and balls and catnip toys,
Scattered on the floor.
A bowl of fish or chicken,
Every Single Day;
A tummy full, not empty,
For this Dear Lord, I pray.
Please guide me heavenly Father,
Somewhere above the sky,
To a place to call my own,
That's safe and warm and dry.
A gentle hand to smooth my fur,
A lap to call my own,
Being loved and cherished,
And never more alone.