National Feral Cat Day, October 16, 2011

National Feral Cat Day is tomorrow, October 16.

How can you help feral cats? SpayHR is seeking donations of humane traps for TNR assistance. Contact us for more information.

Note: We have received a few comments opposingTNR and certainly understand that feral and otherwise free-roaming cats are viewed as predators and destructive to native wildlife. Our stance, though, is not to punish – through shooting, poisoning, or other methods of killing – the cats.

Cats in the community, feral or friendly, are there because of human action and inaction. Companion animals are regularly abandoned, left to fend for themselves and overpopulate (because they were not sterilized). There are rarely legal consequences for these human actions; punitive recourse is instead directed at the cats, whether through their being trapped and brought to municipal shelters to be euthanized or through recommendations by law enforcement* to kill them. These are easier responses for some to take, as it does not involve confronting people who can retaliate or who may ignore requests to take responsibility.

We simply choose to help those who are taking compassionate responsibility where others have not.

* per one reply from a TNR opponent

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