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Born to be Wild: Feral Cats in Bed-Stuy

Harriet Faith has a prescription for how to deal with feral cats in Bed-Stuy

They sleek across streets, dash underneath parked cars, will plop down in the middle of the sidewalk to give themselves a quick bath or wake you in the middle of a warm summer night with their blood-curdling yowls.

They are feral cats, and they’re all over Bed-Stuy.

Whether you love cats or hate them, most can agree: Stray cats are a nuisance. But Bed-Stuy resident Harriet Faith seems to have the perfect Rx for dealing with these fuzzy feral felines: A TNR, a dash of TLC, a handful of Meow Mix and a pinch of Vitamin C! Voilà! Problem solved.

What?

(I'll explain a little later).

By definition, feral cats are different than stray cats, as stray cats were at one time domesticated house cats that have either run off or have been let go. Feral cats on the other hand were born outdoors, have never been pets and have only known a life “on the streets.”

Although their natural feline instincts equip them for a rugged outdoor existence, they’re bloodline is domestic, and they are often only one or two generations passed down from a warm home.

“There are actually feral cats almost everywhere in Bed-Stuy,” said Faith. “I’ve counted eleven around Dekalb and Nostrand. But even this morning, I saw a new one about four months old. So there must be a new litter somewhere close by.”

Faith loves cats, and has one of her own-- a domesticated, comely, black-and-white long-haired named “Saturn.” But even Faith knows the implacable nuisance feral cats can become to a community, when left to breed and multiply freely.

That’s why she is in the process of staging a "trap-neuter-and-return," also known as a “TNR.” But the project is no simple undertaking. Faith needs a dedicated team to carry out her plan, and she’s working right now to rouse the community support.

Neutering a cat can cost up to $100. But because Faith has been trained and is certified in conducting TNRs, she’s able to walk any cat into the ASPCA and get it neutered, free-of-charge.

“TNR has been the most effective way to take care of feral cats, because if you just got rid of the cats, it creates a vacuum, and other animals will just move into the area,” said Faith. “But if you return them to the area, they help control the rodent population. There’s also a huge reduction in nuisance behavior like fighting or yowling all night (from boy cats fighting over female cats) and spraying-- that strong odor cats leave when they are in heat. If you do TNR, they become calmer, happier animals.”

“A lot of people feed the cats,” she said. “I want to point out that if you’re feeding cats, a really good thing to do for street cats is to add a pinch of vitamin C powder and mix it in really well.

“This will really help their immune system and help them get through the winter. It will also help them deal with the neutering surgery better."

Right now Faith is looking for volunteers interested in conducting a trapping with her. “But most important,” said Faith, “I need people willing to provide a holding space that is warm and dry—a backyard, garage or other area— where the cats will remain caged 1-3 days before and after the neutering.”

Also, in the spring, Faith, a graduate of Pratt School of Design, plans to hold an arts-and-crafts workshop for children to teach kindness to animals and about the importance of getting your pet spaded or neutered.

“I love this community,” said Faith. “I’ve lived in a lot of different places. But the sense of community I get from my neighbors here is just unlike any other I’ve ever felt. I’ve told a few people about my plan for the cats, and they have been very supportive. And so I think this can be just another great way to bring the community together.”

To join Harriet Faith at her next planned TNR, you may contact her at drawingonthemoon@gmail.com. You may also view some of her artwork at Harrietfaith.com.

Albert D December 13, 2011 at 10:36 AM
TNR-Advocates are making absolute fools out of everyone that they con with their nonsense. If you do the research, as I did using data from the most "successful" TNR programs, you'll easily find that no TNR program has EVER trapped more than 0.4% of existing cats in any one area for over a decade now. (Even Oregon's amazing 50,000 TNR'ed cats, at the end of this year will have only trapped 0.35% of them in Oregon.) They simply cannot trap them faster than they breed out of control, no matter what they do. And those cats that learn to evade traps go on to produce offspring that now also know how to evade any trapping method used. So not only are >99.6% still and ALWAYS breeding out of control, and spreading their diseases everywhere, and still destroying ALL wildlife (native prey becomes tortured play-toys, native predators starve to death from cats destroying their ONLY food), but TNR fools are also ensuring that any future generations of these devastating invasive-species won't even be able to be trapped. This is why, due to TNR-Advocates' insistence that they have "the answer", that their feral-cat population has now climbed to an ecologically-deadly 150 MILLION feral-cats across the USA. Soon to turn into 1.5 BILLION cats within the year if you apply cats' breeding rates to previous population numbers. (That's actually a low low estimate. The real number from calculations spit out by their reproduction rates is closer to 2.4 BILLION.)
Albert D December 13, 2011 at 10:36 AM
Find whatever way that you can to destroy all feral and stray cats on-site. If you don't destroy stray-cats as well, the source of all feral-cats, then you'll never be rid of feral-cats either. Avoid using traps if at all possible because trapping is what slowed everything down to where cat populations have now sky-rocketed out of control. TNR advocates are at least right about one thing (and ONE THING ONLY); trap and kill doesn't work either because it is based on the very same flawed method that they use -- slow, random-chance, inefficient, easily outfoxed traps. There's a reason the phrase "hunted to extinction" is so well-known in all cultures across all lands. It is the *ONLY* method that is faster than a species can out-breed and out-adapt to. The following link (of a study done by the University of Nebraska) is some good documentation on the most humane ways to confront a feral-cat problem where you live; including the best firearms, air-rifles, and ammo required. Though avoid using their suggested slow and inefficient trapping methods that got us into the ecological disaster that we have now. http://deenawinter.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/ec1781.pdf
Albert D December 13, 2011 at 10:40 AM
On advice of the local sheriff where I live I used a .22 equipped with a good illuminated-reticle scope and a laser-sight for use when they are most active, dusk to dawn; as well as to afford precision aim for a humane kill. I shot every last one of them on my property to restore all the native wildlife to proper balance. Mission accomplished! 100% total success! This is even a more humane method than terrorizing trapping and animal-shelter methods; and why it is the preferred feral-cat management policy in so many areas today. One moment the cats are happily stalking defenseless animals to cruelly torture again, the next they are dead and don't even know what happened, they don't even have time to make a sound. Making your land 100% cat-free is something that cat advocates haven't been able to solve nation-wide for 30-40 years. On my land only 1 person in only 2 seasons was able to accomplish what they couldn't attain in decades. Why is that? The cost per cat was also only 0.3 CENT, 3 cats PER PENNY, a ONE-TIME expense (5000 rounds on sale for only $15). All cats gone for the price of a few cups of coffee. And contrary to another famous TNR-Advocate's bald-faced "vacuum effect" LIE ... NO CATS REPLACED THEM. The NATIVE predators and their required NATIVE prey that WAS here and BELONGS here is what replaced their lousy invasive-species cats that had destroyed the entire native food-chain.
Albert D December 13, 2011 at 10:44 AM
Be cautious about suggesting that any cats rounded-up from outdoors be used for adoption or you could be held criminally responsible. There's no way to know their vaccination history, if any, nor their exposure to diseases. If a cat has contracted rabies then a vaccination later will do no good. There's also no reliable test for rabies while keeping the animal alive. They need to be destroyed after they are trapped. It's the only sane and sensible solution. This is why all wild-harvested animals, of any type intended for the pet-industry, must have an extended quarantine period up to 6 months before transfer or sale to prevent just these things. Cats are no different when harvested from the wild. You're just risking this following story happening in every shelter across the land. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/09/23/2631106/rabid-cat-adopted-from-wake-county.html Adopting any cat that's been taken from outdoors is just playing Russian Roulette. I found some surprising things about all the diseases these invasive-species vermin are now spreading throughout the USA. They include: Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Plague, Rabies, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasma. [Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Flea-borne Typhus and Tularemia can now also be added to that list.
Albert D December 13, 2011 at 10:58 AM
TNR-Advocates "Vacuum Effect" is an absolute 100% LIE There's an interesting study done by the Texas A&M University on TNR practices. They started out with about 12 sterilized cats. At the end of 9 months they had over 30. An increase of more than 200%, all moved in of their own volition. This isn't due to any mythical "vacuum effect" that cat-advocates spread and lie about so often. For that to have happened you would have had to remove cats to create a vacuum for others to replace them. The exact opposite happened in this study. Simple reason being: CATS ATTRACT CATS Cat scents attract cats. This is why they spray everything, to attract mates and rivals and mark territory. Cat sounds attract cats. Mewing kittens will even attract stray toms who will kill the kittens if they are not their own (basic feline behavior of any cat species). If you want more cats, keep some around. More will find you. Get rid of them all and there's no reason for other cats to come to that area. I proved this myself by getting rid of every last cat on my own land. ZERO cats moved in to replace them. Another interesting finding, sterilized cats do not defend their territory. Any new cats see this as easy-pickings and move in to take over. If that cat-colony is being fed then non-sterilized cats will actually overtake the sterilized colony's food-source because the non-sterilized cats are not as docile and complacent.
Albert D December 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM
The DEADLY Cat-Attractor Equation Another fun kicker. Cats' Toxoplasma gondii parasite they spread through their feces is meant to infect rodents. This cat-parasite alters the mind of any animal it infests (even humans). Any rodents infected lose their fear of cats and are attracted to cat urine. http://scitizen.com/neuroscience/parasite-hijacks-the-mind-of-its-host_a-23-509.html Not only do cats attract more cats, but they also attract more rodents to the area with their slew of flea-borne and other rodent diseases. If cats eat rodents then they contract those rodent diseases to spread those diseases to humans. The attractor-equation is not just CATS = CATS + CATS, it's actually CATS = CATS + CATS + RODENTS + DISEASES. TNR IS 100% FAILURE -- no matter which way you try to spin that sorry hole-filled story. ANY cat -- stray, feral, sterilized, or fertile -- is just a magnetic "seed cat". No matter how they are there or in what state of reproductive-viability that they are in, you'll attract and grow more of them. Even worse -- then you attract cat-advocates that want to turn your life into a living hell too. They're all part of the same life-destroying equation. The FULL cat-attractor equation is actually: CATS = CATS + CATS + RODENTS + DISEASES + LIFE-DESTROYING CAT-ADVOCATES. This is why you MUST destroy all cats on your land. So cat-advocates will never be able to control or rule your life ever again. I did it on my land. Now it's YOUR turn.
Marianne December 13, 2011 at 02:34 PM
Hey, Albert. Is the "D" for demented? You need to get a grip on reality. If TNR doesn't work, why does the Mayors Alliance, HSUS, ASPCA, etc. advocate it? I will take their word over anyone you cite in your rants above. Also, no matter how many cats you kill with your cold heart, you'll never have your dream of getting rid of them. For every "scientific argument" you have, I have one better. You think TNR doesn't work, well sir, your method of extermination doesn't work either. It's been tried, and it has -- thankfully -- failed. I sure hope you don't have a license for that .22 gun. If you haven't heard, sir, killing any cat is AGAINST THE LAW IN ALL 50 STATES. READ UP ON THAT. If I were your neighbor, I would be sure you are fully prosecuted.
Albert D December 13, 2011 at 06:35 PM
The general rule-of-thumb in the USA is that if your land is in an area zoned for agricultural or livestock use then it is perfectly legal to destroy any animal, someone's pet or not, that is threatening the health, well-being, and safety of your own animals or family. The only animals exempt from you taking immediate action, legally, are those listed on endangered or threatened species lists, and any bird species under protection of MBTA (the Migratory Bird Treaty Act). Even then variances can be given should there be sufficient problem but this requires further study by authorities. Since cats are listed in the top 100 WORST invasive-species of the world in the "Global Invasive Species Database", this means they have no protection whatsoever from being shot on sight. And in fact, if your area enforces and obeys invasive-species laws -- as they should -- then it is against the law to NOT destroy any cat on sight, someone's pet or not. It is your civic and moral responsibility to destroy any invasive-species that is found away from safe confinement and roaming freely in a non-native habitat.
Albert D December 13, 2011 at 06:37 PM
I guess you're not even aware that any excess cats are commonly shot or drowned on ranches and farms, especially when they have any livestock that are gestating. Cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, etc. can all suffer from the very same problems that pregnant women can have if they contract cats' Toxoplasma gondii parasite during their pregnancy. Ranchers and farmers know this. So they destroy any cats around their pregnant animals. They don't want their animals to have miscarriages, still-births, or be born with hydrocephaly or microcephaly or other brain damages that T. gondii causes to any animal it infests during pregnancy. If you advocate for cats as rodent-control on farms and ranches, you've already doomed them to being destroyed when it becomes a financial liability more than any asset. The next time you bite into that whole-grain veggie-muffin or McBurger, just envision biting down on a shot-dead or drowned kitten or cat. For that's exactly how your food supply got to your mouth. You can't hide in your mommy's basement to keep yourself psychotically insulated and isolated from reality forever, you know.
Albert D December 13, 2011 at 06:39 PM
And I repeat this, since you apparently can't even read what you are replying to: TNR advocates are at least right about one thing (and ONE THING ONLY); trap and kill doesn't work either because it is based on the very same flawed method that they use -- slow, random-chance, inefficient, easily outfoxed traps. There's a reason the phrase "hunted to extinction" is so well-known in all cultures across all lands. It is the *ONLY* method that is faster than a species can out-breed and out-adapt to.
Marianne December 13, 2011 at 06:51 PM
Do you live on a farm or a ranch in Brooklyn, sir? You SAID you killed cats on your property. DO YOU LIVE ON A FARM OR A RANCH? Do you own livestock? YOU have broken the law, if you don't. Intentionally killing a cat is a criminal offense in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, regardless of ownership. Anti-cruelty laws apply to all cats—companion, abandoned, lost, and FERAL. LOOK IT UP, "Rule of thumb" doesn't fly in court, sir. LAW does. And THAT IS THE LAW. You are not above the law. I agree there is a problem with feral cats, but eradicating them DOES NOT WORK, OBVIOUSLY. In your last post you agree with me, so stop killing the cats. You will be long gone before they are. GO TNR ADVOCATES!! TNR ADVOCATES ARE WINNING. Ask the Mayor of NEW YORK CITY, Ask the ASPCA, Ask the HSUS. TNR WORKS. PERIOD. God bless those poor animals who come into contact with people like you.
Albert D December 13, 2011 at 06:55 PM
You are probably confusing "cruelty to animals" with "humanely euthanizing" them with a gun. "Cruelty to animals" is always a crime. Shooting them to humanely put them to death, quickly and with minimal suffering, is not. "Cruelty to animals" involves things like abandoning domesticated animals to the outdoors to die by becoming road-kill, starvation, diseases, exposure, dehydration, environmental poisons, etc., etc. You know, all the ways that each and every TNR'ed cat dies. Every last one of them. What TNR advocates like to call "death by attrition" so they don't have to face up to the fact that they are cruelly torturing cats to death. TNR advocates are in direct violation of every animal-neglect, animal-abandonment, animal-abuse, and animal-cruelty law in existence. (Including all invasive-species laws everywhere.) They get around being convicted of these laws by claiming they don't own these cats that they are torturing to death through TNR. Whatever happens to them happens to them, it's not THEIR fault. Right?
Albert D December 13, 2011 at 06:56 PM
A cat-owner that releases their cat in an area zoned for any form of livestock or agricultural use has no legal grounds to sue anyone if their cat is shot. Even if the shooter walks up to the door of the ex-cat-owner and hands their dead cat back to them, saying, "I shot your cat, here it is! Better luck next time!" Though local law-enforcement frowns on this because the criminally-irresponsible ex-cat-owner will just raise a stink with law-enforcement, wasting their time when they have more important things to do than explain to and coddle an idiot. Hence the popular "SSS Cat Management Program" (Shoot, Shovel, & Shut-Up) method to save your gendarmes the further hassle by the ex-cat-owning trouble-makers. Besides, what difference does it make if the cat gets shot or ran over by a car, attacked by another cat or animal, drowned, or poisoned by plants animals or chemicals? The result is the same. The cause is the same -- the fault of the criminally irresponsible pet-owner that let that invasive-species pet roam free. It only means they really didn't care about that cat at all so nobody else should either. When flying over the USA on a clear day, look down. Then you'll see that vast coast-to-coast patchwork-quilt of farms and ranches where it's legal to shoot or poison every last cat. (Though poison is frowned upon, because it can harm more than cats. This is why shooting, or trapping and drowning, all excess and stray cats is the preferred method.)
Marianne December 13, 2011 at 06:57 PM
I AM NOT CONFUSED A BIT. IT IS AGAINST THE LAW. PERIOD. YOU CANNOT EVEN SHOOT A SQUIRREL OR A RACCOON!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE, SIR. LOOK IT UP, OR ASK A LAWYER. WHO ARE YOU TO DECIDE WHAT IS HUMANE? THANK YOU. PLEASE STOP TALKING NOW.
Albert D December 13, 2011 at 07:00 PM
You seem to not be able to read or comprehend what you read. I guess you also missed the part where I said, "Making your land 100% cat-free is something that cat advocates haven't been able to solve nation-wide for 30-40 years. On my land only 1 person in only 2 seasons was able to accomplish what they couldn't attain in decades. Why is that? The cost per cat was also only 0.3 CENT, 3 cats PER PENNY, a ONE-TIME expense (5000 rounds on sale for only $15). All cats gone for the price of a few cups of coffee. And contrary to another famous TNR-Advocate's bald-faced "vacuum effect" LIE ... NO CATS REPLACED THEM." Not too bright, are you.
Marianne December 13, 2011 at 07:04 PM
GOOD-BYE.
Albert D December 13, 2011 at 07:05 PM
Here's a fun read to PROVE how effective TNR programs are. "In NYC there are currently 465 registered TNR colonies. When TNR began in these colonies, 6047 cats were present – today, there are 4523 cats present, a decline of approximately 25 percent." (Quoted from an Alley Cat Allies member who was SO proud of this.) Of those 6,047 cats they've only REDUCED the total by 1,524 cats, about 127 PER YEAR. That's only 0.08% of the 1,806,310 feral-cats within the city's limits. (data taken direct from TNR-advocates' own resources) Guess how many have been born IN JUST THE LAST 6 MONTHS (hoping like hell that they're not breeding every 4 months). Let's do the math... (1/2 total = females) 903,155 X 5 (avg. number in a litter) = 4,515,775 NEW CATS. Which lowers the number of them that have been reduced by TNR idiots to only 0.03%. THEY ARE GOING BACKWARD. Guess how many will be born in another 6 months? (4,515,775 / 2) X 5 = 11,289,438. Remember. the first 903,155 females are still breeding. For another 4,515,775. Add in the pre-existing 1,806,310, bringing the grand total in just ONE YEAR to 17,611,523 CATS. NEARLY EIGHTEEN MILLION. Which means that TNR groups have only reduced the cat-population by 0.008% of them. That's not even ONE ONE-HUNDREDTH of ONE-PERCENT. 1,806,310 cats become nearly EIGHTEEN MILLION CATS ... IN JUST *ONE* YEAR. Keep in mind too, these are the numbers in JUST ONE CITY.
Albert D December 13, 2011 at 07:06 PM
Catching on yet to how TNR people are just spinning wheels in the sand while sliding backward off the mountain and accomplishing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING? Well, they are managing to torture cats and torture or starve-to-death all native wildlife, annihilating the whole native food-chain with an INVASIVE-SPECIES, and spreading deadly or lifelong illnesses to all manner of animals and even humans while doing all this. I guess that's accomplishing something. Including even spreading the plague today. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8059908 So much for that oft spewed urban myth that cats would have saved everyone from the plague in Europe. If the cats infect the rodents with Toxoplasma gondii, then cats even attract the plague right to your door since the toxo-infected rodents are now attracted to cat-urine. Cats would have only made the plague even more intensive and an even larger disaster. As they will this time around.
Albert D December 13, 2011 at 07:10 PM
Wow! You're just plain ol' PSYCHOTIC! (But then what TNR-advocate isn't?)
boygabriel December 13, 2011 at 08:30 PM
Someone delete this disturbed person's comments please. They are derailing an otherwise useful topic. One post from Albert D would be quite enough.
Jad2k December 13, 2011 at 08:54 PM
wow, this Albert D has some serious issues. No sane person rants this much on a local blog post about freaking cats. I don't even think he lives in Brooklyn, let alone NYC, but he just wrote a War and Peace length response to a blog post about a little [old] lady in Bed-Stuy who likes cats. Um, dude, you got issues more than a little bit....
Albert D December 13, 2011 at 08:57 PM
Yes, then all you TNR psychotics can remain safe in your immense bliss borne of self-inflicted ignorance yet again by poking your own eyes out, like you always do. You can't even face up to how all TNR'ed cats die, using your feel-good term of "Death by Attrition". This means your cats will die from disease, cat-attacks, animal-attacks, exposure, road-kill, starvation, being poisoned by anything a cat finds in its environment, etc. ALL your cats suffering for how many weeks or months it takes to die that way. This clearly falls under the laws of cruelty to animals, animal-abuse, animal-endangerment, and animal-abandonment. Including being in direct violation of every invasive-species law in existence. While torturing all wildlife with your cats as they rip the skin off of, and claw the guts out of, wildlife to use it as slowly dying twitching play-toys. As soon as all the "fun" has drained out of their play-toy, they go on and find another one to torture. This is no different than if cat-owners went to pet-stores and bought canaries and hamsters then threw them at their cats to watch their cats tear them apart for their amusement. What about all the wildlife that depend on those animals for their ONLY food? Their cats cause all those animals to STARVE TO DEATH. TNR-advocates' cruelty knows no bounds. You're not doing this out of any goodness of your hearts. YOU DON'T HAVE HEARTS, nor minds. Proved 100%.
Herkimermaid December 13, 2011 at 09:57 PM
Let's hope that someone from the ASPCA reads these entries and tracks this guy down. You can't shoot cats. It's illegal and there's nothing humane about it. FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT INFORMATION AND TO HELP, here are some we addresses that you may find helpful. These are all well established and respected organizations that function for the good of the animals: http://www.animalalliancenyc.org/nycfci/services.php http://animalalliancenyc.org/ http://www.neighborhoodcats.org/ http://www.aspca.org/aspca-nyc/animal-rescuers/trap-neuter-return.aspx
Peter J. Wolf December 14, 2011 at 05:53 PM
Contrary to assertions made by Albert, numerous TNR successes have been documented. A few of the better known examples: • Randolph County, NC, 1998–2005: A 36 percent average decrease was observed among six sterilized colonies in the first two years; three unsterilized colonies experienced an average 47 percent increase over the same period (Stoskopf & Nutter, 2004). Steady declines were observed at four- and seven-year follow-up censuses (Nutter, 2005). • Rome, Italy, 2000–2001: A survey of caretakers (103 cat colonies) revealed a 22 percent decrease overall in the number of cats despite a 21 percent rate of “cat immigration.” (Natoli et al., 2006). • University of Central Florida, 1991–2002: A TNR program reduced cat population from 68 to 23, a reduction of more than 66 percent; more than 47 percent of the campus’ socialized cats and kittens adopted (Levy, Gale, & Gale, 2003). TNR may not be an ideal solution, but in most instances, it’s the best option we’ve got. Peter J. Wolf http://www.voxfelina.com
Albert D December 14, 2011 at 07:57 PM
As usual, the standard deceptive red-herring nonsense from a TNR fool. Those percentages are how many cats died from exposure, attacks, becoming road-kill, environmental poisons, starved to death, dehydration, and diseases WITHIN THE COLONIES THEMSELVES. Those percentages have NOTHING to do with the more than 99.6% of feral-cats OUTSIDE of those colonies that can't be trapped and continue to exponentially breed out of control. What a wonderfully deceptive manipulation-artist you are. But that's all that you are -- and will ever be. Sorry, your game is over.
Harriet Faith December 20, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Hello! Harriet here. I will be holding an informational meeting for residents of the community to learn more about TNR. It is a humane and effective method for handling the nuisance behavior and the population levels of cats that live on the street. If you would like to learn more about it or how you can help, please join us Wednesday Dec 21 at 6:30 at Common Grounds Cafe, 376 Tompkins Avenue between Putnam and Jefferson Avenues. Need more information? Email me at drawingonthemoon@gmail.com
Bernie B February 17, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Albert D, HAS BEEN POSTING ON 100's OF SITES the same exact wording. He’s obviously a landowner with a financial interest in being able to shoot cats on his property. Most of his arguments are distortions of statistics or irrelevant if you check them. Such as links to studies showing that fleas cause disease, etc. So what? TNR does help reduce cat populations. Those who promote it have the same goal as the landowners like this guy. Cats are just wild animals. The reason they are multiplying on your land is because you upset the ecosystem by killing all the coyotes, wolves, owls, etc. Certain groups are heavily propagandizing to advocate killing of all wild animals in favor of expanding human expansion, profits, etc...Successful TNR threatens their goals. Shooting cats is not the answer. Some of them are already friendly and have been set free by ignorant people… There’s a lot of youtube videos of happy endings with for feral cats. An example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V0c3shTi-A . If the goal is to eliminate suffering, TNR helps. Also, these programs must be allowed to continue because eventually science can find a more effective way to mass sterilze cats via biotech and perhaps some sort of dna-altering substances which can be put in their food. (and which would only sterilize cats, not other species). Something like that. This would also solve the problem for landowners like the one who’s posting all this over-puffed comments.
LovesShadow July 23, 2012 at 10:14 PM
I love all animals and they each have a purpose....At least the stray cats keep the rats and mice away...I rather a cat than a mouse.
Orlando S. Gondar August 08, 2012 at 02:51 PM
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=673409380215&set=a.666447786305.2100393.17400674&type=1&theater Have you seen Lilith? he is white with patchy black/grey on his back and some on his head. He has a white face and pink nose. My facebook is public so you should see the image. Please keep an eye out. I live in Bedford and Lafayette where he was last seen =
Miss Kat November 16, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Albert D. Go post your rants and raves on Craigslist. Just stop!

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