The Animal Rescue Fund is seeking financial support for the ARF Feral Cat Program to help address what the organization terms a ‘Cat Crisis’ in St. Joseph County.
In a letter requesting donations for the cause, ARF says, “The number of feral and free roaming cats have risen to crisis levels in St. Joseph County. Many of these cats live around dumpsters in apartment complexes and mobile home parks. Some live in city neighborhoods. Others live on farms. Some of these cats have been abandoned to live on the streets, in barns or outbuildings. Others were born into this lifestyle. Most of these cats have a poor quality of life and a lifespan of about 2-3 years. They are exposed to predators, accidents, illnesses and extreme temperatures. Without intervention, they breed quickly and produce many kittens. Some feral and free-roaming cats are fortunate enough to have caretakers who feed and provide shelter.”
ARF says, “The best intervention in controlling the feral cat population is to trap, neuter and return these cats to their own environment. Our society now spays and neuters domestic cats at rates up to 85%. The sterilization rate of feral and free-roaming cats is approximately 2%.”
The letter goes on to say, “Animal Rescue Fund can do much more to help animals by preventing litters rather than rescuing them. In one year, ARF has trapped, neutered and release more than 170 feral and free-roaming cats. The cats are not harmed in the process. During sterilization, their left ear is “tipped” to show humans that they have been sterilized. They are given a rabies shot that lasts for one year.”
ARF seeks sponsors for the permanent sterilization of a feral or free-roaming cat for a tax-deductible donation of $10. A donation of $40 buys the gas for a volunteer to transport a group of 12-14 cats.
ARF says, “Please call (269) 718-3826 if you need assistance with feral or free-roaming cats. “
To view the letter and information about making a donation to the ARF Feral Cat Program, click here.
Source: Animal Rescue Fund