Part of Ireland's TNR Manual
How to Help Community Cats
Adapted from Alley Cat Allies' brochure.
A feral cat is not socialised to humans
Though feral cats are the same species as companion cats and are typically fearful of humans.
Feral cats should not be taken to animal control pounds and shelters
Feral cats’ needs are not met by the current animal control and shelter system, because animals who are not adoptable are killed. Feral cats live outside, but are killed in shelters. Even no-kill shelters are not able to place feral cats in homes.
Feral kittens can be adopted
Feral kittens can often be adopted into homes, but they must be socialised at an early age. There is a critical window, and if they aren’t handled in time, they will remain feral and therefore unadoptable.
Feral cats can have the same lifespan as companion cats
And they are just as healthy, too. The incidence of disease in feral cats is just as low as in companion cats. They live healthy, natural lives on their own, content in their outdoor home.
Humans are the cause of wildlife depletion
Studies show that the overwhelming cause of wildlife depletion is destruction of natural habitat due to manmade structures, chemical pollution, pesticides, and drought — not feral cats.
'Catch and kill' doesn’t work
Animal control’s endless, cruel cycle is extremely costly to taxpayers. Cats choose to reside in locations for two reasons: there is a food source (intended or not) and shelter. When cats are removed from a location, survivors breed to capacity or new cats move in. This 'vacuum effect' is well documented.
Trap-Neuter-Return does work
No more kittens. Their numbers gradually reduce and their lives are improved. The behaviors and stresses associated with mating, such as yowling or fighting, stop. The cats are vaccinated before being returned to their outdoor home. This program creates a safety net for both the cats and the community.
You can make a difference and save lives
Together, we can educate people about feral cats and the fact that they don’t belong in pounds and shelters. To learn more or to find tools to help you contact us.