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It's getting cold outside!

Updated on October 6, 2015
If you do call a Animal Control shelter, make sure you understand that the likelihood of that cat leaving the shelter alive after being trapped is ZERO!
If you do call a Animal Control shelter, make sure you understand that the likelihood of that cat leaving the shelter alive after being trapped is ZERO! | Source

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!

Sounds like a great organization!
Sounds like a great organization! | Source
This is not just our problem! It is everywhere!
This is not just our problem! It is everywhere! | Source
My respect to you, Mrs. Valeriano!
My respect to you, Mrs. Valeriano! | Source

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I feed any cats that come through our garden. Right now it's just orange one I call ginger, he/she is a nervous wreck. Voted up, Joyce

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      David Hunt 

      6 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      We tried to catch/neuter/release a scrawny stray kitten in our neighborhood, but failed. We caught her. We neutered her. We kept her. We love her. Nice hub; voted up.

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      My daughter fell in love with a cat while she was walking our dog. It followed her home and surprise, she is friendly and must have been just thrown out. We finally let it come in one night when it was cold out. We wanted to make sure it wasn't someone's pet. She has had her kittens now and will be getting spayed before long. The kittens all have new homes. I guess Katy finally has a cat.

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      KrystinaMabie 

      6 years ago from Beverly, NJ

      I agree 100%! We need more people to help out! I love cats so much and I always feed the strays by my house.

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      Cat R 

      6 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

      Try e-bay.com. I have found a lot of stuff much cheaper on e-bay than elsewhere. And there are 'buy now'options!

      I am trying to find a larger dog house that I can equip with a lamp used for chicken coops. Or cut a hole in my wall to allow them to come in as they please. But I also have Possums that eat with the cats.

      My Possums could teach us humans something about peaceful co-existence between species!!!

    • tlmcgaa70 profile image

      tlmcgaa70 

      6 years ago from south dakota, usa

      i have spent the last 12 years rescuing unwanted cats. i have seventeen right now. seven share my home with me while the other ten have our old trailer that is kept warm in the winter months. i am currently searching for an affordable means of getting an underground fence for them so they can play outside to. the fence is not so hard...but the collars can get expensive when buying large numbers of them. i also have a friend in another state who feeds a feral colony. she works does the TNR program. i cant believe someone would go to jail for feeding them. great hub. voted up and shared

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      WillStarr 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      A local organization in Phoenix will loan homeowners traps to catch stray and feral cats which they then neuter and spay at no charge if the homeowner agrees to feed them.

      We currently feed four outside feral cats, and have two of our own.

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