The Issue: Sterilizing Feral Cats Betters Their Quality of Life
The Humane Society of the United States estimates that 50 million feral and stray cats currently live on the streets in the United States. Trap-and-release policies are effective ways to improve life on the streets for felines and cost less than euthanizing them. The process involves temporarily trapping the cats to spay or neuter them, preventing them from reproducing or fighting over mates when they are returned to their original location and looked after by a colony caretaker.
The Campaign: Trap, Sterilize, and Release Feral Cats
If this Grassroots campaign raises $300, then Forgotten Cats can sterilize, vaccinate, and provide flea and mite treatments for six feral cats. Each additional $50 raised will fund a sterilization, vaccination, and flea and mite treatment for another feral cat. Forgotten Cats assists colony caretakers, helping to trap unsterilized cats, transport them to a low-cost clinic for treatment, and then mark and return them back to the colony.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Forgotten Cats aims to reduce the population of feral and unwanted cats through humane trap and neuter practices. Its volunteer staff works with colony caretakers to trap, sterilize, and vaccinate populations of cats. In addition to less reproduction, sterilized colonies experience less frequent fights and disturbances. The medical staffs at the low-cost clinics where spaying and neutering take place also provide treatment for any sick or injured cats to help improve their overall health. Forgotten Cats works with a network of foster homes and PetSmart adoption centers to provide homes for any adoptable cats and kittens they find. Since its inception, Forgotten Cats has sterilized more than 54,000 cats and found loving homes for more than 5,000.