When Alley Cat Rescue received a frantic call about seven cats at risk of being killed in Hyattsville, Maryland, we knew we had to help. Just one mile down the road, an industrial park was moments away from calling animal control to remove and kill the family of cats that had made their home amongst the roofing supplies. Several compassionate employees of the business had been feeding the cats, and were devastated at the possibility that these cats could lose their lives. Fortunately, they called Alley Cat Rescue and we stepped in immediately.
We sent a feral cat expert to the site within minutes of receiving the call -- and she was able to talk with the property owner and explain that what these cats needed was a humane solution, not a fatal one. Much of the time, frustrated property owners are too quick to call animal control to trap cats, but in many cities, this is a death sentence for the cats. Instead, Alley Cat Rescue recommends trapping the cats for a more humane purpose...spaying and neutering!
When outdoor, feral cats are spayed and neutered, it immediately stops the flow of kittens and puts an end to population growth! That’s why Alley Cat Rescue showed up with more than seven traps -- we believe in the importance of trapping every colony to full completion. We showed up with twice the traps we needed, set them up in the industrial area, and one by one, watched as the cats entered the traps.
To our surprise, we were able to catch not seven, but ten cats! These beautiful cats came in all shapes and sizes, but almost every one of them had a similar look of orange, grey, or a combination of the two. This colony is a truly beautiful family of cats with wonderful caregivers giving them daily food and shelter, they simply needed to be spayed and neutered to stop the population growth. All ten cats were trapped, vaccinated, ear-tipped, and spayed or neutered, then held for recovery before being returned to the site.
It’s truly touching when you’re able to resolve a conflict and help stop needless cruelty in its tracks. Now, these ten cats will get to live out the rest of their lives peacefully, surrounded by support and with a property owner who now understands their needs and accepts their presence. Best of all, no new kittens will be born! This is what saving lives looks like in action.
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