They live in the the shadows, empty lots and condemned buildings of every neighborhood across America. They are abandoned, lost and wild and they need our help.
Statistically there are tens of millions of feral cats in the U.S. Feral/community cats are domesticated cats that have become un-socialized to humans, either due to having been abandoned for an extended period of time or having been born to a feral mother cat. Abandoned cats are former pets who have been abandoned by their families but that are still socialized and friendly to humans. Since cats are social creatures, they band together in colonies for mutual support and protection. These colonies form wherever there is a source of food, including garbage dumpsters and places where private individuals feed them on a regular basis.
The best way to tell if a cat is a stray or feral is how it responds to human contact. A stray, used to people and human contact will come to you or allow you to pet/interact with it. A feral, never having been socialized with humans will not allow you to get too close or even touch it.
Contrary to what most people think, feral cats actually thrive in the wild. Their lifespans and incidence of disease and illness is nearly the same as indoor cats.
Unfortunately, many county animal control offices choose to eliminate feral cats via the outdated, cruel, and ineffective means of eradication.
CARE Feline TNR is a nonprofit, charitable organization located in Orlando, Florida. Their mission is improving the lives of feral and abandoned cats through TNR (trap-neuter-return) in Central Florida.
CARE Feline TNR seeks to improve their lives by providing support to colony caretakers.
The caretakers manage colonies by providing food, shelter and medical attention to the feral cats. CARE Feline TNR provides assistance with spaying and neutering cats as well as vaccinating them. TNR is a critical component of colony management because it helps prevents colony expansion and the associated problems with having too many cats in one place.They work in partnership with Orange County Animal Services (OCAS), the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Orlando and Lakeland, and private veterinarians to offer a TNR package of services. This package includes:Spay/neuter surgery, Rabies vaccine and FVRCP vaccine (for distemper and upper respiratory diseases) Ivermectin (treatment of mites and worms) Ear-tipping (to indicate that the cat has been spayed or neutered) and pain Medication.
Like all 501 (c) 3 rescue organizations Care TNR is run solely by volunteers and with donations. At this point they are in desperate need of more volunteers for the following jobs:
Caller Return which can be done from the privacy of your home. Calls are made via a Google number so the volunteers phone number is never shown.
Trappers near the I-Drive area of Orlando, Florida. Volunteers are responsible for assisting with loading up the cats onto the Lakeland SPCA bus each Friday as well as do intake chores such as names, label traps etc.
Volunteers to go to Orange County Animal Services to "bail out" ear-tipped, CARE cats that have been impounded.
All monetary donations will help with the following:
· Spay/neuter surgery
· Purchasing/repairing/maintaining traps
· CARE voicemail, telephone line, and website
· Veterinary bills
You have the option to donate via the PayPal button on the web page, or via mail. Send checks to:
CARE Feline TNR, Inc.
PO Box 4552
Winter Park FL 32792