Monday, June 15, 2009

Feral cats and Alley Cat Allies

Another post of mine: From your profile, Laureen... "When she moved to Southern California 11 years ago, everywhere she turned, at work and at home there was a stray or feral cat."

That should have been a clue...

"She began reading and talking to rescue groups and animal advocates. Soon, she began rescuing felines at work and at home. She wants to educate the public on cat issues and promote their welfare."

Okay, but where do our natural fauna fit in? Haven't you realized those feral domestic pets are decimating our wildlife?

My post: Do you have any idea what the kill rate of feral and roaming domestic cats on our wild fauna is today? Most biologists and ecologists say a billion a year, give or take a few hundred million. For the sake of discussion let us say that is an exaggerated figure and "only" a half billion of our native birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals are being killed each year!
Isn't it about time we act in an adult and responsible manner towards these unwanted domestic pets?

"Did you know that the latest study shows that 72% of all cats entering shelters are killed, 23% are adopted and only 2% reunited with their owners? The kill rates in shelters of feral cats is 100%. The number of stray and feral cats in Los Angeles is estimated to be 2-3 million.
Feral cats are the offspring of house cats and stray cats and are healthy yet unadoptable cats because they are not socialized. The kittens are adoptable from 4-8 weeks and kittens 8-12 weeks can be adopted if acclimated to humans. Because they aren't socialized, feral cats have a fear of humans and try to avoid them. Alley Cat Allies leads the movement in the protection and humane treatment of all cats stray, feral and companion.
Alley Cat Allies was founded in 1990 by two women who realized that stray and feral cats' needs weren’t met by local shelter systems. Animal lovers and good hearted citizens who called shelters about feral cats were told that they would be euthanized. Alley Cat Allies founder, Becky Robinson and her staff,created educational materials and instructions on how to care for and protect stray and feral cats. They also introduced the practice of TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) to spay and neuter colonies of cats. The cats are humanely trapped, evaluated, vaccinated, and sterilized by veterinarians and released back to the same location where a volunteer cares for them."

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