Alley Cat Allies:

Alley Cat Allies: cats’ leading advocate; 7920 Norfolk Ave., Ste. 600; Bethesda, MD  20814-2525

How to Live with Cats in your Neighborhood

Feral cats:  domestic cats not socialized to human … living outdoors near humans for 10,000+ years.  Live in “colonies” & have strong social bonds with their colony members.

Trap-Neuter-Return:  effective, humane way to stabilize feral-cat populations.  Humanely trapped, taken to a veterinarian, where they are neutered & vaccinated.  Friendly cats & kittens are placed into loving homes.  Healthy, adult feral cat (who are fearful of human contact) are returned to their colony site, where they are often provided continuing car by volunteers.

Catching & killing feral cats is cruel, inhumane & creates a vacuum — as do attempts to “relocate” cats.  The “vacuum effect” is a documented phenomenon:  once the cats are removed from a territory, other cats move in to take advantage of the newly available resources & breed:  forming a new colony.  Catch & kill is an endless & costly cycle.

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