Target: Natalie Nelson, President, Wish Upon A Paw
Goal: Praise Animal Shelter for reducing its community’s feral cat population using humane, non-lethal methods
Millions of American cats live in the wild. Without people to care for them, these cats live short, brutal lives. These feral cats also prey on wild bird populations, including some endangered species. In order to reduce feral cat populations, many communities just catch the cats and kill them. This method is not only inhumane but ineffective, as voids in feral cat populations are quickly filled by other feral cats. Natalie Nelson, President of the Wish Upon A Paw animal shelter in Wisconsin, needs to be praised for adopting a more humane method of reducing her community’s feral cat population: Trap-Neuter-Return.
The Humane Society, one of America’s foremost animal welfare organizations, defines feral cats as “the offspring of lost or abandoned pet cats or other feral cats who are not spayed or neutered,” and the group argues that nearly fifty million feral cats currently live in the country. Lacking regular supplies of food and water, many feral cats starve and become malnourished and miserable. Lacking veterinary care, they become highly susceptible to numerous, horrible afflictions like feline AIDS, cancer, and anemia. Easily cured ailments like urinary tract infections go untreated, causing awful, lingering deaths. Since feral cats are wild and have never socialized with people, animal shelters cannot rescue them and find new, loving homes for them as they would with, say, lost or escaped house cats. As a result, shelters that rescue feral cats almost always end up euthanizing them. Some studies argue that feral cats in shelters have a 100% euthanization rate.
Natalie Nelson, and others like her, advocate and employ the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) method for humanely reducing feral cat populations. With this strategy, feral cats are caught, sterilized, and released back into the wild. TNR drastically reduces the number of kittens born into feral cat populations. The fewer of these kittens there are the less suffering there will be, and fewer euthanizations will be needed. Sign the petition below to praise Natalie Nelson for her efforts to reduce her community’s feral cat population using non-lethal methods.
Dear Ms. Nelson,
I recently heard about your Wish Upon A Paw animal shelter and the work you are doing to reduce your community’s feral cat population using humane, non-lethal methods, namely the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) method, and I wanted to write and tell you how much I appreciate your work. Nearly fifty million feral cats currently live in America. These cats live short, brutal lives and they can wreak havoc on local wild bird populations. For these reasons, we cannot turn a blind eye to these cats. The most common method of catching and euthanizing feral cats is inhumane and ineffective, as voids in feral cat populations are quickly filled by other feral cats.
TNR drastically lowers the amount of kittens born in to feral cat populations, reducing the number of feral cats that will suffer throughout their lives as well as the number of cat euthanizations that occur. Hopefully, all shelters and communities will follow your lead. Thank you for your good work.
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