Feral cat day


Vancouver, Canada. October 16, 2009 – To acknowledge National Feral Cat Day (Oct. 16), the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) urges everyone to think about the outdoor cats that exist in their neighbourhood. These cats can often be seen lurking in alleyways or being fed by kind neighbours – but on National Feral Cat Day, VOKRA hopes to encourage the community to learn more about our four-legged friends and how they ended up living as undomesticated, ‘wild’ animals.
Feral cats are a necessary part of every community. They keep down the populations of rats and other pests, and live quite content and healthy lives in family groups called colonies. At the same time, without any control they have an endless breeding cycle that leaves millions of cats wandering the streets, often carrying diseases that spread to other cats in their colony. The most humane way to help the feral cat population is through a program called Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), which ends the breeding cycle while still allowing undomesticated cats to coexist with people peacefully.
TNR improves the lives of cats, controls the expanding population, and calms behaviours such as yowling, fighting, spraying and roaming (all related to mating). The traditional method practiced by local animal control is to catch and kill – a process which is not only cruel, but also costly and endless. VOKRA is a no-kill registered charity that uses its funds to neuter feral cats as well as to provide a network of foster homes for adoptable cats and kittens.
VOKRA has been practicing TNR since the organization’s inception, helping to actively reduce the number of kittens born to feral cats. With a managed TNR program we can greatly improve the lives of the cats in our community. In the United States, over 70% of cats brought to animal shelters are killed because they are feral, and as such neither socialized to humans nor adoptable. VOKRA aims to Trap, Neuter and Return as many feral cats as it finds, while socializing any feral kittens so that they can live happy lives with human companions.
VOKRA was founded in 2001 out of the need to care for abandoned, bottle-feeding kittens. The non-profit, registered charity has evolved to a rescue operation that saves 900 cats yearly from being euthanized. VOKRA works to reduce breeding in feral cat colonies, while also actively finding foster and forever homes for the growing number of cats and kittens in the lower mainland. VOKRA is a registered charity and is always grateful for the support of the community. For more information, please visit www.vokra.ca.

VOKRA: www.vokra.ca
Cat City, documenting the harsh lives of homeless cats in Canada: www.catcitydocumentary.com
Alley Cat Allies: www.alleycat.org.

Posted by kduncan on October 17, 2009 @ 12:00 AM

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