What is a Feral Cat?
Almost every community has feral cats are un-socialized cats who may be one or more generations removed from a home environment and who may subsist in a colony of similar cats living on the fringes of human existence. Feral cats live wherever they can scavenge for food – near dumpsters, behind businesses, in city parks and perhaps even in your own backyard.
Despite outward appearances, generations of domestication have left these felines without many of the natural adaptations necessary for life outside. They do not “regain their instincts” and they do not thrive.
Feral cats often band together in colonies and continue breeding. Over time they become more wary of people and teach their kittens to avoid humans. Starvation, disease, trauma and stresses of continual reproduction plague their lives.
At least 300,000 feral cats live in Broward County, in “virtually every neighborhood,” according to the county website.
Cats average two litters per year and kittens as young as five months of age can reproduce.
The reproduction rate is staggering:
– An unaltered female cat and her offspring can potentially produce 420,000 kittens in seven years.
– If a feral cat in Brward County produced only one tenth of its potential by the year 2020, there would be an additional 42,000 cats living in our county.
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) saves lives
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), the humane approach to addressing community cat populations, works. It saves cats’ lives and is effective. TNR improves the lives of cats, addresses community concerns, reduces complaints about cats, and stops the breeding cycle). TNR improves the co-existence between outdoor cats and humans in our shared environment. This is why so many cities are adopting it.
Scientific studies and communities with TNR programs are proof that TNR reduces and stabilizes populations of community cats. Alley Cat Allies was formed in 1990 to bring TNR—which was already successful in the UK—to the U.S. We launched a national movement with our educational materials, regional workshops, mobilization of advocates, and re-writing of laws. As a result of this hard work, TNR has become mainstream.
What is Trap-Neuter-Return?
In a Trap-Neuter-Return program, community cats are humanely trapped (with box traps), brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped (the universal sign that a cat has been neutered and vaccinated), and then returned to their outdoor home
Bring TNR to your community
TNR is about more than saving today’s cats: it is the future of animal control and sheltering. Every year, more and more shelters are adopting TNR (or Shelter-Neuter-Return) programs to save more cats and improve their communities. Join APNRD and other TNR organizations and help us spread the word. You can bring TNR to your community too!
How to Get Involved
- Help spread the word about Buddy’s Feral Cat Program and it’s participating organizations.
- Keep your cats indoors.
- Spay or neuter your companion pets and encourage friends and family to do the same.
- Become a volunteer
- Make a contribution to Buddy’s Feral Cat Program and help us reach more of society’s forgotten cats.
Stray Aid & Rescue, Inc offers discounted or free spay/neuter services.
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