What is a Feral Cat?
Feral cats are unsocialized domestic cats. They are the primary result of pet abandonment as well as owners failing to spay and neuter their own personal pets, allowing them to breed uncontrolled.
In response to this problem, the Animal Rescue Coalition offers its resources to the community and offers free sterilization for feral cats as well as educational outreach.
Studies have proven that trap-neuter-return is the single most successful method of stabilizing and maintaining healthy feral cat colonies with the least possible cost to local governments and residents. TNR provides a much higher quality of life for cats.
An estimated 55,000 feral cats live in Sarasota County, and more are born each year. Cats average two litters per year and kittens as young as five months old can reproduce. Bringing in one cat to be altered not only improves the quality of life for that animal, it also saves the lives of countless unwanted kittens.
For more information on TNR and the humane treatment of feral cats, please visit Alley Cat Allies.