Trapping and killing community cats has been the norm for decades yet community cats are still abundant and so are neighborhood birds. Bird poop on my deck and outdoor furniture. Bird poop on my grill, porch and railings. Bird poop on my car, my mailbox and side walks, on city benches. Bird poop in my hair?! What the.....
Birds and bird poop everywhere side by side with community cats; evidence that cats are NOT wiping-out bird populations as they are so falsely accused, evidence that trap and kill does NOT live up to its goal and objective, evidence that it is time to give Trap, Neuter and Release, TNR, it's chance to succeed where killing has failed.
Alley Cat Allies is offering free rabies vaccinations for all animals in South Newton Township after South Newton Township announced that they hired a company specializing in “wildlife nuisance control” to trap and kill all community cats.
“Cat health—and public health—improve through vaccination,” says Becky Robinson, President and Co-Founder of Alley Cat Allies. “South Newton Township’s leaders would do well to take us up on our offer and then follow it up with a humane and effective program such as TNR. There is already support among South Newton’s residents for such a program." There hasn't been a confirmed case of cat to human rabies transmission in over 40 years thanks to the introduction of the rabies vaccine.
"ll-conceived ordinances like feeding bans and limit laws punish the very people who, at their own expense, are working to improve conditions for both cats and community. Even while feral cat groups have organized and grown, many individual caregivers have been harassed and cited for their community service. These ordinances ignore the true problem—the lack of subsidized spay and neuter and Trap-Neuter-Return programs..."
Trapped, vaccinated and sterilized cats present no public health risk at all but they too are killed at your local animal control. Over 70% of cats entering your community animal control shelters are killed there at the tax payers expense. Nearly 100% of feral cats are killed at your local animal control. Feral cats are not adoptable and present a danger to staff. They do not trust people, nor should they, and react as any trapped wild animal would behave if fighting for their life, as you would if fighting for your life.
The feral cats that I have known were always clean, healthy, happy and surprisingly gentle. Occasionally we spot a neighborhood cat trotting through the neighborhood with a mouse dangling from her mouth, but never a bird. The neighborhood rodent issue disappeared when the ferals appeared. These community cats do not hurt our neighborhood birds. Their bellies are full thanks to knowledgeable neighbors that understand only desperately hungry cats bother with birds. No doubt that there is the occasional rebel cat that simply cant resist a challenge. Birds appear to watch-out for these rascals and are quite successful at escaping any real threat or danger. It's the bigger birds that present the real danger.
Large birds like crows bully and harass the smaller birds desperately, though unsuccessfully, trying to protect their babies from abduction. Maybe we need to take a closer look at what is going on with the crow population and other large birds that prey on their own species.
I wonder how all this bird poop effects our health and that of our unborn children? With so many unexplained miscarriages and birth defects, cancer, mystery illnesses, could bird poop be the culprit? We come in contact with bird poop all day every day. I have never come in contact with feral cat poop -- oh that's right, cats bury their excrement. That buried excrement signals unwelcome pests like rodents to stay away. In my community the terrible uncontrollable ant and roach problem also disappeared when the feral cats appeared. All the chemicals and natural methods recommended by online pest control websites FAILED. All the money we spent on hiring professional pest control specialist wasted.
Recently the Board of Commissioners in Radnor Township, Penn., voted to support Trap-Neuter-Return. Alley Cat Allies’ Law & Policy staff members, attorney Liz Holtz and Amanda Novotny, traveled to Radnor Township to speak at the hearing and support local residents. When a Commissioner asked who was there in support of TNR, every single person raised their hand. When he asked who was against it, there wasn’t a single hand in the air.
Killing cats was never a solution, simply a cruel barbaric sport funded with your tax dollars. Can you think of better ways for your money to be spent? If you are ready to end the killing at your community shelters visit Alley Cat Allies 'Change Your Community' webpage and get involved today.
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