Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Feral Cats

Did you know there are an estimated 82 million free roaming cats in the United States and more than 250,000 in Kansas City?

Did you know 82% of cats in households are altered, whereas 2.9% of stray and feral cats are altered?

Did you know 81% of Americans would rather see a cat stay where he/she is outside over having the cat euthanized?

Did you know more than 70% of cats entering shelters in the United States are euthanized? Did you also know this is the number one documented cause of death for cats in this country?

Did you know Trap and Euthanize (which has been utilized for decades by many, many animal control organizations) does NOT work?

Did you know Trap and Euthanize only helps to cause the vacuum effect (documented worldwide) which sees the number of feral cats reduce temporarily after the trapping, but the intact survivors continue to breed and more cats move in to the area (which must have been good territory or the other cats wouldn't have stayed)?

Did you know TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) is the only proven, effective method of controlling the population of free roaming cats?

Did you know No More Homeless Pets KC operates the largest TNR program in Kansas City, with over 100 traps to loan to citizens who practice TNR?

Did you know the HERO program is more than happy to help with TNR and to offer advice for any one who wants to try out their hand at TNR?

Did you know NMHPKC has feral cat packages for $15 and $25?
($15 includes spay or neuter, rabies vaccine, pain medication, an antibiotic injection and an eartip; $25 includes all of the above plus an FVRCP vaccine, flea treatment and dewormer)

For more information on what you can do to help the feral cats in our community, please visit http://www.nmhpkc.org/ or contact us at (816)333-PETS.

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