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Feral Cat Rescue Makes A Difference

May 28, 2012

Feral Cat Rescue Makes A Difference

 

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Feral cat rescue can make a big difference in the cat population.  In Colorado, a lady from Durango has trapped over 7000.  She takes them to the vet and has them spayed/ neutered, then picks them up and returns them to the wild.

We own a cat boarding business on the outskirts of town.  Just yesterday there was a young lady out here looking around.  We asked her what she was doing and she said “I’m looking for some cats that were dumped out here by my roommate.”

Seems her roommate had some kittens and didn’t know what to do with them.  So what did she do, she brought them out by out boarding facility and dumped them.  She figured that since we boarded cats, this would be a good place to get rid of them.

Only problem, we never saw the cats.  They weren’t to be found anywhere.  So, if they live, and aren’t found by someone, they will join the feral cat population.

Well as John Peel writes, Padgie Kimmick has taken it upon herself to help control the feral cat population around Durango.

What’s a feral cat’s life worth?

“She recently became official, creating a nonprofit called Cat Care TNR of Southwest Colorado. The TNR stands for trap-neuter-return. After Kimmick traps the cats, she sends them to Dogster’s for spaying, then picks them up and returns them where she …”
http://durangoherald.com/article/20120528/COLUMNISTS04/705289927/-1/s

 

As cat lovers, we all need to do our share to help control the population of unwanted cats.  We can help educate others to get their cats spayed or neutered.  The answer isn’t just to let the cat make more kittens and then dump the kittens somewhere hoping someone will find them.

 

 

If you aren’t familiar with the term “trap-neuter-release”, it means trapping the cats, taking them to the vet and having them neutered or spayed, and then returned to where they were trapped.  There they can live with the feral cat colony and not produce any more offspring.  It would be good if they could be adopted, but unless they are kittens, feral cats do not make good house pets.

Feral Cat Statistics

  • Feral cats have an average of 1.4 litters per year, with an average 3.5 live births in each litter. That equals 4.9 kittens per year, per female feral cat. Indeed, a pair of breeding cats and their offspring can produce 420,000 kittens over a seven-year period.
  • Of the approximately 146 million cats in the United States, about half are feral/unowned

Maybe if someone in your area is doing feral cat rescue,you could make a small donation to help cover expenses.  You might even be able to volunteer a little time to help.

This post was written by

Stan Hjerleid - Senior Editor – who has written posts on The Cat Lovers News.

Stan is a curator for Cat Lovers News. For the last 12 years he co-owns with his wife, Happy Cat Retreat, a cat boarding facility. He loves animals and raises parrots in his spare time.

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Stan is a curator for Cat Lovers News. For the last 12 years he co-owns with his wife, Happy Cat Retreat, a cat boarding facility. He loves animals and raises parrots in his spare time.

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