Imagine being outside, pregnant, malnourished, searching for shelter, and scrounging for food - then giving birth - and living through this three to four times a year for approximately seven years! This is not a good life for any cat!
A Solution to Cat Overpopulation
Hugo and Amelia are two fortunate cats. These cats were born outside
in a neighborhood that struggles with a high population of stray and feral cats. Cats
in these situations live very difficult lives outside in cold winter temperatures struggling to find food and shelter. Many cats are malnourished, ill, and injured.
These cats were TNRed (Trap Neuter Return) and have a
different story. Trap Neuter Return is a proven solution to cat overpopulation. Stray
and feral cats breed at a very high rate. With TNR, cats are trapped, spayed or
neutered, and returned to feral cat colonies. This breaks the reproductive cycle for
these cats, eliminating the birth of hundreds of kittens year after year.
Cats at Work - Saving Displaced Feral Cats
Unfortunately, Hugo and Amelia did not have a safe place to return to. Enter Tree
House Cats at Work - a program that gives displaced feral cats (cats who are not
socialized to and are fearful of humans) a chance to live out their lives while providing a “green” solution to rodent
Amelia and Hugo’s caretaker commented that her yard was overrun with rats. “It was so bad, I had to
shuffle my feet so the rats would move when I walked across the backyard to our
laundry room.” We placed Amelia and Hugo, along with two other cats,
together. Within a few short months, the rats are all but gone. A cat’s presence
alone is often enough to send the rats running.
Caretakers for cats in the Cats at
Work program provide shelter, daily food and water, and veterinary care for the
cats. Amelia, Hugo, and their colony mates are now safe and healthy and have a
job to do every day.
57,500+ Cats in Just Ten Years
Imagine what would have happened if Hugo and Amelia had not been
spayed and neutered?
A cat like Amelia can begin having kittens at just five
months old. Still very young, she would struggle to find food and shelter for
herself, let alone to protect and nourish a litter of kittens. She would continue to have litter after litter of homeless kittens.
In ten years, a pair of unsterilized stray or feral cats can lead to
approximately 57,500 new cats!
Be a Part of the Solution
You can help us reduce cat homelessness and give feral cats a better life.
Just 30 cents a day or $110 a year pays for two spay or neuter surgeries.
Amelia's life is forever changed for the better - thanks to our Cats at Work program.
Hugo finds a rat! This one got the message.
These cats live in a cat haven - an old carriage stable was converted into a "cat house" which stays warm with heat from adjacent rooms.
They have it made - their "cat house" is complete with scratching posts, landings, and throw rugs.
Hugo, Amelia, and the two other cats come and go through a "cat door" and often romp in the yard or hang out in a tree - surveilling the neighborhood.