There are certain feline organizations that are doing everything that they can to ensure the safety and security of stray/feral cats. No animal asks to be homeless, but when it happens, euthanasia should not be part of the deliverance story!
Alley Cat Allies (ACA) are still fighting for the safety and security of the stray cats around the Bayside State Prison in Leesburg, New Jersey. This controversial story has hit social media sites with a bang and controversy has become the name of the game.
As you may know from reading the various accounts, before this past October 9th, prisoners contained at Bayside and even some prison guards had been feeding and caring for the cats for at least the past decade. Suddenly a feeding ban was placed on the prison by the prison administration. The ban threatens the lives of the cats that have become dependent on the food that they were supplied. Now there is nothing that the Alley Cat Allies, the Humane Society of the United States, New Jersey’s Senator Jeff Van Drew or any of ACA’s supporters can do.
They are depending on Governor Chris Christie to intervene, but so far, no go. New Jersey Department of Commissioner Gary Lanigan refuses to lift the ban!
Animal Foundation (AF) has seen some of the same type of daunting emotions by others across the regions. There are so many people that are emotionless when it comes to these small, sweet-faced, loving animals.
Knowing that about three-quarters of the stray cats and kittens taken to the largest animal shelter in their Southwestern region will be euthanized, Animal Foundation is working fervently to avoid the needless killing.
The argument adversaries have is that stray or feral cats will not make good house pets because they are used to the freedom of the great outdoors. While that may be true, there are solutions to this problem that seem to be overlooked.
One way that AF is looking to avoid euthanasia is by getting the approval of the Clark County Commissioners and the City Councils of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas to agree that AF can begin a TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) program just like Alley Cat Allies uses.
Again, TNR programs are safe and have proven to be effective. Cats are safely trapped, sterilized, vaccinated, eartipped and released back into the wild. Of course the program takes time, but after a short time, when the cats cannot reproduce, the number of stray/feral cats will decline.
TNR programs are being proposed in many places. Let’s just hope that the people in charge see the benefit of such programs as they will allow cats to roam free instead of being taken to shelters with the possibility of being euthanized. Only time will tell!