This post is about “crazy cat ladies”. You know: people who feed and monitor the health of numbers of stray cats. I’m not talking about the people who have eleventy-seven cats IN THE HOUSE, but those who, while they might have personal pets, also look out for cats who are more-or-less wild.
In Louisville, the truest friend of cat caretakers is Alley Cat Advocates. ACA helps caretakers trap feral cats, then spays or neuters them (the cats, not the caretakers) and releases them back into the wild.
Trap-Alter-Release is the best way to reduce the feline population. You would think, wouldn’t you, that trapping and killing the poor li’l furballs would be the best way to reduce their overall numbers, but no. The ACA website says:
In a study done by the San Francisco SPCA and the National Pet Alliance, they found that the cost to maintain a 1000 cat population using the trap/neuter/return method would cost $17,306 initially and $2,660 a year thereafter. To trap/remove/euthanize, the cost would be just under $80,000 initially and then just over $60,000 a year after that to keep the population under 1,000.
It makes cold, hard, business sense to do the nice thing! I love it when that happens!
If you don’t live in the Louisville, Kentucky area but you care for stray cats, visit Alley Cat Allies or do an internet search for Trap-Alter-Release or Trap-Neuter-Release.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character is overwhelmed with caretaking responsibilities.