They live in the wild, shadows in the night, on streets, dumped off in yards, abandoned, forgotten, disposed of.
They struggle to find food, water and their lives are usually short and difficult. Disease threatens them along with predation, cruelty and starvation.
They are the feral cats that have been dealt a cruel hand in life by us the humans.
They need our help and they need it NOW!!!
Second Chance Pet Network is proud to be a part of T/N/R. It seems many are still very confused as to how the program works.
We DO NOT try to re-home feral cats – what we do is humanely trap a feral, send the cat to the vet to be spayed/neutered and return the feral cat to where he/she was trapped. This is their home, and feral or not, cats are creatures of habit and like routine.
The ear is tipped for future reference so when a new adult is added to the colony we can differentiate and T/N/R the newbie.
The colony is maintained by a caretaker, who monitors their health, feeds them and provides adequate shelter from the elements. T/N/R has shown to be the least costly and most effective/humane way in managing feral cat populations.
By spaying/neutering ferals, the risk of disease is lessened greatly, females are less likely to develop breast cancer and will not be at risk for ovarian or uterine cancer, males will not get testicular cancer. Also with altering, the ferals’ fighting will be lessened, reducing risk of injury and infection, females will not go into heat and attract toms to the colony. They will also have more spacious living quarters with a less populated crew making disease harder to spread.
This is good for the community.
Also good for the community is stabilizing the population of the colony and over time reducing it. Meanwhile nuisance behaviors are greatly reduced – behaviours such as spraying, fighting, loud noise making and no more kittens are born. We can still benefit from the natural rodent control these ferals give us.
Euthanizing them will only bring more ferals to the same colony. With spaying/neutering the ones already there, more cannot move in and take their place.
With T/N/R reducing the amount of kittens born, there is more room in shelters for cats coming in for different reasons.
Kittens can be socialized if brought in by 4 weeks of age, after that it gets very difficult.
While feral cats do kill some birds, they prefer to kill rodents. Other issues, such as the decline of natural habitat and use of pesticides, have a greater negative impact on bird populations.
Second Chance Pet Network is proud to care for 7 feral colonies.
We have spayed 32 females and neutered 22 males preventing a possible birth of 11, 340, 000 kittens. WOW!!
77 kittens have been socialized and a great percentage of them have homes now.
For more information call 807-937-6943