Advocating for TNR Programs

what will I be 2The United States has a feral cat crisis. Some estimates place the population of feral cats at around 60 million, but nobody really knows how many there are. They’re descendents of unsterilized pet cats who are either abandoned or who strayed from home. We’ve created the crisis, so it’s up to us to resolve the crisis humanely. Some say we’ll never be able to make a difference. Never say never.

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Myth

All feral cats are wild animals.

Reality

They are homeless cats who are either under-socialized to people or who are lost and have become frightened.

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Myth

Feral cats can survive on their own.

Reality

Without our help they will breed, suffer and die in perpetuity.

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Myth

Animal shelters can handle the feral cat crisis.

Reality

They do not belong in traditional shelters which lack the resources to help them.

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Myth

Feral cats kill birds and wildlife.

Reality

The main cause of the decline in bird and wildlife populations is habitat loss, which is caused by us and our use of pesticides.

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Myth

Feral cats should just be killed.

Reality

If a feral cat colony is killed or driven from an area other feral cats simply move into the vacated habitat. This is called the ‘vacuum effect.’

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Myth

Feral cats can never be re-homed.

Reality

Feral kittens can be adopted into homes if socialized at a young age and former house cats how are socialized to people can be re-homed. However, most truly feral cats should remain in their habitat.

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Myth

Feral cats carry diseases and never live very long anyway.

Reality

Feral cats who live in managed colonies are often healthier than house cats. Some live well into their teens.

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Myth

We’ll never be able to control the feral cat population.

Reality

TNR works. Trap Neuter Return is a proven, humane method of controlling the population growth. Caregivers provide food and water. Cats are sterilized and vaccinated against rabies and the costs to local governments are reduced.

Be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Spay or neuter your cat. Keep you unaltered cat inside or in an enclosed area. Never abandon you cat for any reason. If you encounter feral cats, contact a local group or municipality which advocates TNR. And support legislation which seeks to reduce the population through proven, humane methods.
Never Say Never.

Feral Cats – TNR (2011). Adapted and republished with permission.

Questions?

Please contact us at tnr@snap2it.org

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