It's getting cold outside!
What about them?
While we are staying in our warm houses, there are many others out there facing the cold temperatures that seem to reach even my State now. Some, like me, prepare for them!
Dog houses have flaps and are stuffed full of hay to keep them warm. Chicken coops have heating lamps and extra hay and more. The feral cats get extra food and have several options to sleep warm.
But what about those that nobody seems to care for?
I read an article yesterday where a man is going to court because some locals don't like that he is feeding a 60 cat feral cat colony!
While I am ready to hug him and tell him how great he is, others want to fine him $500!
A friend of mine has been caring for over 200 feral cats in a large area in a nearby city. But this is probably just a small percentage of what is out there all over town! Her colony is over 90% spayed and neutered! Others aren't!
Not enough people care!
At this time of the year, if you are a true animal lover, there is a real opportunity to shine:
If you know of feral cat colonies in your area and want to do something, find ways to provide them with food (without littering that area and calling attention to them, since some people would harm them or even catch them as dog fighting bait. And if they are reported to animal control and caught, most shelters will put them down without a second thought!) and shelter.
One of the great guys from rescue ink had a post on his Facebook page a while back where he was building cat shelters out of wood. There are lots of instructions and such online. Just make sure to hide them to the not so nice part of humanity and advertise them to the kitties with special food offerings!
If you really want to get involved, research local trap, neuter and release programs that may help you prevent future litters of even more unwanted Ferals!
Humanity, the number one cause of our unwanted population of feral cats, does not look kindly on creatures that, to no fault of their own, were banned from our houses and hearts and dumped outside to fend for themselves!
Too many are dying every day from purposely or accidental human ...intervention, diseases caused by lack of medical care, hunger caused by lack of compassion, and other causes brought upon them by Nature itself!
It doesn't take much to buy a back of food at the store and give a little to those that can't help themselves!
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