Already, U.S. animal shelters are forced to kill millions of 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 for 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.
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!
What Is a Colony Caretaker?
A colony caretaker is an individual who manages feral colonies in a community. The caretaker keeps an eye on the cats, providing food, water, shelter, spaying/neutering and emergency medical care.
Sometimes you read stories about people complaining about cats that are feral. There is no point moaning about feral cats as if we are blaming the cats for the problem. The problem is ours in the same way as is obesity or bad debt or any other human condition. The difference with these cats is we are hurting them instead of ourselves. If we fail to take full responsibility for our feline companions they more often than not end up being destroyed by us. If you own a cat please get it spayed or neutered this is the only way to cut down on the cat population problem in our country.
What is Ear-Tipping and Why Is It Important?
Ear-tipping is a widely accepted means of marking a feral cat who has been spayed or neutered. It also often identifies them as being part of a colony with a caretaker
What's Life Like for a Feral Cat?
Simply put, it's not easy. Feral cats must endure weather extremes such as cold and snow, heat and rain. They also face starvation, infection and attacks by other animals.
Feral cat colonies is a huge problem across the country. There are thousands of others out there just like my mom and I trying to care for these unwanted cats born in the wild. We need your help if not through donation through fixing your pets if you let them run. One female cat can have 3 litters of 3-6 kittens a year. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated.
My name is Lisa and I have a deep love for animals and caring for them. My mother, Rose, shares
this love and the two of us have cared for a colony of feral cats for the last
The colony of cats has ranged between 35-75 cats in number
throughout caring for them. We have used our own finances to provide food,
vaccines, medical attention, etc. and have controlled the population through a
local spay and neutering program specifically for feral cats. Though these cats
were born in the wild we treat them as our own cats and have seen many
socialized and adopted throughout the years.
Currently we have 35 cats in our care that aren't adoptable.
We estimate that we spend $5,000-6,500 a year to make sure the cats are taken
care of. Recently we've begun asking for donations to help pay for the
recurring expenses to care for these cats and would greatly appreciate your
consideration to help us with our endeavor to love and care for this
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