WHEN WE CAN’T HELP: A property owner called, asking if we would trap and have destroyed several feral cats that were killing their birds and destroying the feeders. As you know, we are an Animal Welfare Group that supports Trap, Neuter and Release programs. Unfortunately the property owner was not interested in that option. It is even more unfortunate that we were unable to help them.
When you find feral companion animals surrounding your property, it means that the conditions are better there for their survival than any other option. Maybe you have uncovered trash. Maybe you have bird feeders that provide feral cats with an instant access to birds. Maybe you have outbuildings and cover that provides shelter. Maybe you have other animals that the feral animals can smell, or you feed your animals outside, so feral animals have a chance of getting a bit of what is available.
In any of these cases, nature abhors a vacuum, so even if you remove the feral animals that you find, unless you also change what drew them to your property, more will follow.
Our stated mission is to help keep all companion animals in the area safe, not to euthanize them. A responsible Trap, Neuter and Return program could have helped make sure that the kitties this person wanted to put down would have been much less interested in the bird feeders, since they wouldn’t have been hungry. But under such a program, feral cats are trapped, fixed and returned to where they came from. And without such a program, even if the original cats were removed, others would likely move in, looking for a birdie meal too.
We are happy to help you set up a TNR program by offering food, housing and the spaying or neutering. Otherwise we have no assistance to offer.