A little public service announcement here:
I found it on this Facebook webpage. I don’t know this group and don’t belong to it, but I felt this was important information to pass along.
Feral or abandoned cats are a growing issue for communities, and require a community response. More and more animals are abandoned as families are forced to move, or downsize due to economic pressures. Often animals are not altered because the surgery is just one more expense a family cannot afford. Fortunately there are groups out there that will spay/neuter and perform this valuable service of trapping, altering and releasing these wild cats.
The Humane Society of the United States has issued this statement regarding TNR. Wikipedia’s entry describes the pro’s and con’s of this feral cat management strategy.
TNR is controversial. Wildlife advocates say it is damaging to local species of birds, reptiles, mammals, etc. Studies regarding population management are divided; some show it works, others argue it doesn’t.
I am not on the fence about this. I think TNR is a viable start to management options, because this is not a problem that is going away any time soon. It’s not a perfect solution, but better the cat be spayed/neutered and released than killed outright.
And, enough soapbox. How about some funny?
Enjoy your Wild Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by!