June 15, 2009
Did you know that the latest study shows that 72% of all cats entering shelters are killed, 23% are adopted and only 2% reunited with their owners? The kill rates in shelters of feral cats is 100%. The number of stray and feral cats in Los Angeles is estimated to be 2-3 million.
Feral cats are the offspring of house cats and stray cats and are healthy yet unadoptable cats because they are not socialized. The kittens are adoptable from 4-8 weeks and kittens 8-12 weeks can be adopted if acclimated to humans. Because they aren't socialized, feral cats have a fear of humans and try to avoid them. Alley Cat Allies leads the movement in the protection and humane treatment of all cats stray, feral and companion.
Alley Cat Allies was founded in 1990 by two women who realized that stray and feral cats' needs weren’t met by local shelter systems. Animal lovers and good hearted citizens who called shelters about feral cats were told that they would be euthanized. Alley Cat Allies founder, Becky Robinson and her staff,created educational materials and instructions on how to care for and protect stray and feral cats. They also introduced the practice of TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) to spay and neuter colonies of cats. The cats are humanely trapped, evaluated, vaccinated, and sterilized by veterinarians and released back to the same location where a volunteer cares for them.
Alley Cat Allies is the only national organization dedicated to protection and humane treatment of cats. The organization started National Feral Cat Day on October 16, 2001 to educate the public about feral cats and celebrate the lives of feral cats and their caregivers. Many of the campaigns on National Feral Cat Day have included ads and posters encouraging the public to become involved in protecting feral cats. One of the posters reads, “If you don’t believe in killing cats, than you are already an advovcate.”
Another campaign they have established is Every Kitty-Every City. A city is targeted for educational outreach which focuses on Trap-Neuter-Return and awareness. Hands-on workshops are held in that city giving the residents the tools they need to help the cats in their neighborhood. In addition, community organizing and partnerships with shelters and leading welfare organizations are created.
Alley Cat Allies has established proven methods to managing cat populations in our communities. There is a better solution than killing. All three of my beautiful cats were stray or feral. They make great pets,wonderful mousers and can be socialized with care and love!
For more information go to www.alleycat.org
Bunny my young feral cat now tame!