Written by Michelle Kretzer
An Arkansas woman who was feeding a
colony of 15 feral cats was deeply distraught when she found the bodies of seven of the cats, all
riddled with gunshots. One cat who had been shot in the eyes had apparently
wandered around blindly before dying.
Desperate to save the remaining
cats—five adults and three kittens—from suffering the same fate, the woman
contacted PETA for help. We talked her through how to trap the cats, and since
there was no animal shelter in the area, we found a veterinarian who was
willing to assess their condition. The caller brought in the adult cats, and
the vet determined that because they were so feral, it was unkind to confine them,
try to tame them, and look for someone willing to take any of them when so many
socialized cats are already going without homes. The vet recommended peaceful euthanasia.
The woman took the kittens into her
home, carefully socialized them, and found families who adopted them—terrific
Feral cats face
innumerable dangers, including attacks by other animals, being hit by cars,
contracting deadly contagious diseases, exposure to extreme temperatures,
starvation, and cruel people who poison, shoot, and otherwise torture them. The
best way to help feral cats is to trap them and, if you cannot provide a good
home for them without traumatizing them, take them to a reputable animal shelter.
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