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About Feral Cats

More cats are intentionally killed in the United States than die from any other documented cause. When feral cats enter animal control compounds or shelters, virtually all of them are killed. 

What is a feral cat?

Feral cats are not socialized to humans, and therefore are considered by many to be unadoptable. Abandoned by their human families or lost, unsterilized house cats eventually band together in groups called colonies. Without human contact for a prolonged period, the cats become feral or wild. They find places to live wherever there is a source of food and shelter (such as near dumpsters, behind restaurants, etc). Kittens born into this environment instinctively avoid humans, and unless removed from the colony a few weeks after birth may never be socialized. Feral Cat Colony

Unspayed feral female cats spend most of their lives pregnant and hungry, as will the female kittens that survive. Unneutered tomcats (male cats) roam to find and fight to win mates and territory and often suffer debilitating wounds in the process. Some even contract the FIV and feline leukemia viruses that can be deadly to cats. It is estimated that there is a 75% mortality rate among feral kittens.

The TRUTH about controlling the feral cat population:

It costs less to sterilize a feral cat than to have an Animal Control agent kill him or her. Not only is it inhumane to euthanize a feral cat, it is also not cost effective. The alternative, cost effective approach is to spay and neuter to control the feral cat population. 

When an animal control agency removes and kills feral cats, other cats move into their territory. These unsterilized cats continue to breed prolifically and the process starts again. TNR (trap, neuter, return) is the solution. With sterilized ferals unable to procreate, the feral cat populations gradually diminish. Annoying behaviors of mating cats, such as yowling, fighting and spraying, stop. Disease that can be contracted through mating and fighting, is greatly reduced. The cats are vaccinated and fed on a schedule by dedicated volunteers. The ongoing care creates a safety net for both the cats and the community.

TNR is a proven effective procedure in which entire feral cat colonies are humanely trapped, evaluated, vaccinated and fixed. Kittens which can be socialized and tame cats are adopted. Adult cats too wild to be adopted are returned to live out their lives under the watchful care of sympathetic neighborhood volunteers. 

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Animal Compassion Success Stories

Meet Yoda

It took Animal Compassion NINE years to trap me! I just would not go into that trap until one day my hunger got the better of me. I was immediately rushed to the vet so I could be neutered and vaccinated, and they found out that I was FIV positive. I’m not really a people person, if you know what I mean; I’m still pretty feral. I don’t mind living with the other FIV cats at the sanctuary because we’re all friends.

Meet Oscar

I lived in the Collier County Courthouse complex area for a really long time, so they call me the Courthouse Cat. I wasn’t doing very well there. My ears and one eye were badly infected, my back foot was hurt, and I was extremely hungry. Since I’m an older boy, it was hard for me to compete for food with all the younger, stronger chaps. Fortunately, Tina from Animal Compassion found me, and right away I ate two big cans of food. That’s how hungry I was!

ACPI made sure that I went right to the vet to be neutered and treated for all my ailments. They also found out that I had FIV. ACPI has a nice house for FIV positive cats to live in, and I’m very happy there. I am safe and comfortable, and I can rest whenever I want to. Life is good!

Meet Smokey

I was found starving in a hospital parking lot on Collier Blvd.  I was little more than a skeleton with fur matted with sticks and pine needles. I was alone, afraid, and so hungry. Luckily, Tina from Animal Compassion Project found me, scooped me right up, and rushed me to the vet for a check-up. I’m absolutely fine now!  I’m an adult neutered male, grey long haired, declawed Hemingway (extra toes).  I’m looking for a home, so I can be somebody’s cuddle-cat.

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