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Bird group says feral cat program isn't working

by Susan Wyatt


Posted on June 1, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 23 at 9:15 AM

feralcatshsus.jpgThe American Bird Conservancy has produced a short film "Trap, Neuter, and Release: Bad for Cats, Disaster for Birds,"
which they say shows that a feral cat management program called trap, neuter, and release doesn't work. They says the program does not substantially reduce the number of feral cats and is contributing to the deaths of millions of birds each year.

Steve Holmer, American Bird Conservancy's Director of Public Relations, who produced the film, says a better solution is to trap, neuter, and remove feral cats, and then relocate them to enclosed cat sanctuaries or shelters, or, where possible, to adopt them out to safe and comfortable homes.
Feral cats are the offspring of lost or abandoned pet cats or other feral cats. They may never adapt to living as pets in close contact with people.
A woman who traps up to 40 cats a week in the greater Puget Sound area disagrees with the Bird Conservancy.
"I have a colony caretaker who feeds up to 30 colonies up and down the Rainier area, he's now only feeding half that many," Pam Brumell said in a KING 5 News report by Gary Chittim.