REMEMBER - Feral Cats are not homeless, yet each day they are snatched up by county animal control officers, taken out of their natural environment and placed in shelters where they will almost always face death because of not being socialized.
You can help.....
Spread the Word
It’s easy to talk about feral cats and the nation’s current animal control and shelter system. More than anything, outdoor cats need a voice. To help, start talking. Here's how:
• Call your local shelters and pounds. Ask them if they have programs for feral cats. Tell them you support humane standards of care for outdoor cats.
• Contact your local elected officials. Tell them you want the animal control system to be held accountable and to change.
• Tell your friends, family, pet sitter, groomer, veterinarian, and others that you don’t think it’s OK to kill healthy animals, just because they’re not socialized to people. Tell them how they can join and become part of the collective action.
Start conversations about outdoor cats.
The cats will thank you.
Get Informed About Feral CatsA feral cat is not socialized to humans.
Either she was born outside and never lived with humans, or she is a companion cat who has strayed from home and over time has become unsocialized to humans.
Feral cats should not be taken to animal control pounds and shelters.
Feral cats’ needs are not met by the current animal control and shelter system. Feral cats live outside, but are killed in shelters. Even no-kill shelters are not able to place feral cats in homes.
Learn more about the animal control system.
Feral kittens can be adopted.Feral kittens can often be adopted into homes, but they must be socialized at an early age. This is a critical window, and if they aren’t handled in time, they will remain feral and therefore unadoptable.
Learn more about kittens and socialization.
Feral cats can have the same lifespan as companion cats.And they are just as healthy, too. The incidence of disease in feral cats is just as low as in companion cats. They live healthy, natural lives on their own, content in their outdoor home.
Humans are the cause of wildlife depletion.
Studies show that the overwhelming cause of wildlife depletion is destruction of natural habitat due to man-made structures, chemical pollution, pesticides, and drought — not feral cats.
Learn more about the human toll on birds
“Catch and kill” doesn’t work.It is an endless, cruel cycle and is extremely costly to taxpayers. Cats choose to reside in locations for a reason: there is a food source (intended or not) and shelter. When cats are removed from a location, survivors breed to capacity or new cats move in.
This “vacuum effect” is well documented.
Learn more about the Vacuum Effect.
Trap-Neuter-Return does work.No more kittens. Their numbers gradually go down and their lives are improved. The behaviors and stresses associated with mating, such as yowling or fighting, stop. The cats are also vaccinated. This program creates a safety net for both the cats and the community.
Learn more about conducting Trap-Neuter-Return.
Learn more about conducting Trap-Neuter-Return
Want to do something?
Join our movement to stop the killing. You can make a difference and save lives. Just follow the links below....
Stop the Killing
Sign the Pledge: Support Community Cat Caregivers—Don’t Criminalize Compassion
Take the Pledge: I Support Common Sense for Cats
Sign the Petition: Stand Against Animal Cruelty!
Stop the Killing: Fight the Spread of Misinformation about Cats
Tell the Smithsonian: Stop spreading junk science that will kill cats!
Alley Cat Allies
This issue is so very close to my heart, over the years this issue has become a part of who I am. Giving these cats a voice and fighting for their right to live has given me a purpose at times when I really needed a reason.
Along this journey, I have found friends, many little furry friends and I have been truly blessed by having the opportunity to meet each of them.
My model here is Charlie, he is the offspring of a feral mother and father. His mother is Aurora, which was one of my cats.(Aurora has since passed on) I was able to reach her and she allowed me into her world. Charlie and his siblings were pretty wild when we first met but with lots patience and pure intentions, they and their mother came around, all have been placed in great homes.
Please help if you can, they need us.