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FC: The Feral Cat Project By: Renee L Smith
1: Misson: To reduce the number of Feral Cats colonies by Trap, Neuter & Return Program
4: 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.
5: "Over-population is a rising concern when it comes to these felines. Since they are, in essence, abandoned at birth, these feral cats are not spayed or neutered and they repopulate at an almost uncontrollable rate."
6: FACT: The HSUS estimates that a pair of breeding cats and their offspring can exponentially produce over 400,000 cats in 7 years.
8: It's A FELONY To Kill Cats! FAST FACTS About Anti-Cruelty Laws • 50 states and DC have anti-cruelty laws that make intentionally killing a cat a crime. • 43 states and DC have felony penalties for aggravated acts of animal cruelty. • 8 states authorize courts to include animals in protective orders in domestic violence cases. • 28 states authorize mental health evaluations or counseling upon conviction of anti-cruelty
9: Feral cat hurt over territory | Feral cat abused by prison guards | A cat abused by its owner | Another cat abused by prison guards
10: This kitten froze to death behind a restaurant in Merrimack, NH. It was one of a colony of feral cats. The bones in the picture is from food the cats were given by employees of the restaurant. After the kittens death, another predator (belived to be a coyote) began to knaw at its back leg so it too could survive the cold winter months. No one was ever charged with animal cruelty.
11: Do you really want this to happen to the Feral Cats? | What did the Feral Cats do to deserve to get killed?
12: Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). The plight of stray and feral cats has captured the hearts of animal lovers for many years, but only within the last two decades has a non-lethal option for their control become available. Called “trap-neuter-return” or TNR, this humane alternative involves trapping, sterilizing, vaccinating and returning the cats to their colonies where they are looked after by their caretakers. This solution is believed to successfully reduce birth rates and improve the overall health of the colony.
13: These cats have now been spay/neutered | Assisting with the Spay/Neuter
14: As you can see by the left ear, this cat was ear-tipped by the TNR program.
15: TNR is described as a full management plan in which feral cats are trapped, then evaluated, vaccinated and sterilized by veterinarians. Kittens and tame cats are adopted into good homes, while most healthy adult cats that aren't accepting toward humans are returned to their familiar habitat under the lifelong care of volunteers.
16: The Greatest Possible Good for the Greatest Number of Cats The goals of the feral cat movement are: 1. To change the way feral cats are routinely treated in this country 2. To recognize their right to live and their niche in the environment. 3. To improve the quality of their lives through spay/neuter 4. To humanely, nonlethally, and substantially reduce their numbers. In other words: to save and improve the lives of as many feral cats as we can.
19: Interested in adopting a kitty or cat? Contact the local animal shelters on how to adpot a much need kitty or older cat. Or visit: www.petfinder.com
21: I am adorable, please take me home!
22: Citations: 1. Allen, Jeremy, Special Writer; November 15, 2007, Foundation helping control feral cat population. http://www.milannews.com/stories/111507/loc_20071115009.shtml 2. Kelson, Linda; Feral Cat Coalition Board Member http://www.feralcat.com/kelson.html 3. Savage, Ray;1995-2006 Feral Cat Coalition http://www.feralcat.com/ 4. http://www.operationcatnip.org/about.html, 2003-2007 Operation Catnip 5. http://www.alleycat.org/pdf/TNRnotTNA.pdf 6. Cat Pictures; http://www.gotpetsonline.com/ 7. Cruelty to animals http://www.inhumane.org/Graphic%20Pics.htm
23: Citations (cont'd): 8. http://www.feral-paws-rescue.com 9. http://www.petfinder.com