Just got my ASPCA Advocacy Newsletter and thought this was useful. I know some of you feed and care for stray cats!
I don't know what the situation is on feral cat colonies where you live, but it's a big issue in FL. Good news is we are seeing more and more low/no-cost trap, neuter and return programs to cut down on overpopulations. They also have these vans that will go into lower income areas that can't afford to spay and neuter cats (and dogs), so they offer it for free.
What You Can Do
- Start in your own backyard. If you feed outdoor cats, trap them and have them spayed or neutered.
- Contact local shelters or welfare groups to see if a TNR workshop is available in your area.
- Offer your help to colony caretakers. Ongoing needs including feeding, trapping, transportation to and from the veterinarian, temporary housing for cats after surgery, and fostering and socializing kittens for the purpose of finding them good homes.
- Help raise funds for local or national TNR groups.
- Do what you do best. If you can write, volunteer to draft proposals to local governments and potential sponsors or create promotional material. Write letters to the editors of local papers about the cats in your community. If you enjoy networking, make contacts for TNR with local veterinarians and businesses. Lobby government officials about the benefits of TNR.