It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but it’s the start of the new year and have a number of things I want to write about.
The first one is a topic that seems to be a contentious one, and that is trap, neuter, return programs for feral cats. These are cats that will never be house cats as they don’t allow themselves to handled, touched or hide from humans.
Right now, there over 60,000 (yes, you read that correct) feral cats in the city of Edmonton. Cats can become pregnant as young as four months of age and can produce 20,000 kittens in just five years if left un-spayed. These cats also can and do because a public nuisance for many people.
That is where trap, neuter, release programs some into play.
What is a trap, neuter, return program? It’s exactly what is sounds like. Cats are humanly trapped, neutered by vets and then release back to where they were found.
As mentioned, TNR are not programs that everyone seems to support. There are many people who feel that the situation can be “handled by mother nature”, which is like saying “I legit don’t care if cats die”. People also think it’s cruel to release feral cats back to where they were found. It’s actually more cruel to attempt to try and house an animal that is terrified of people.
While there are two programs currents offered by the city, it’s not enough. Not enough spay and neuters are done at a high enough rate to help the current problem with the cat population. There was a recent story by the CBC that talks about this specific issue HERE.
That’s why it’s important to support initiatives put forth by the Edmonton Feral Cats Advocate group and signing the petition for The City of Edmonton Needs a High TNR Cat Program.
By supporting programs such as this, you can make the difference in the life of the feral cat population and help take the massive stress off of rescues who work tirelessly to help cats in the city.