Chicago, a vibrant city known for its history and considered to be the third most populous city in the United States with the promise of many opportunities. Unfortunately life is not so easy for the hundreds of feral cats living in the streets and alleys throughout Chicago. Unlike most stray cats which in many cases are considered to be adoptable because they have been in contact with people, feral cats are less likely to be adopted because they have not been socialized to be around people. That is the key difference between stray and feral cats but thankfully there is still hope for feral cats as a number of local organizations throughout Chicagoland are working together to help these precious feral cats through the Trap-Neuter-Return program.
The Trap-Neuter-Return program involves humanely trapping feral cats, spaying and neutering them, vaccinating and returning the feral cats back to where they were caught. This program is very beneficial to both the feral cat population and the city of Chicago in many ways as it is an effective way to keep the feral cat population under control and keep in mind that feral cats are assets to big cities because they help keep the mice and rat population under control.
To name a few, the Feral Feline Project in Wheeling, IL, PACT Humane Society, in Downers Grove, IL, Spay and Stay in Grayslake, IL and Feral Fixers in Lombard, IL, are some of the caring organizations that are involved in the Trap-Neuter-Return program in Chicagoland. Feral cats are the generational offspring of lost or abandoned pet cats who were not spayed or neutered. The cat should not be blamed for being feral because in actuality it is the fault of the irresponsible cat owners who do not have their cats neutered or spayed. Thankfully there are caring organizations such as the ones mentioned above who are working together to help these feral cats.