Feral cats are the offspring of un-spayed and un-neutered cats that have been abandoned or neglected, and allowed to breed. These untamed domestic cats may live alone or in large feral colonies. Feral cats are raised without human contact and are "unsocialized." They pass onto their offspring a strong natural fear of humans. Because feral cats are so skilled at avoiding humans, many people are unaware of the large numbers of suffering, half-starved feral cats right in their own neighborhoods.
Many feral cats find food in dumpsters behind restaurants or schools. They roam farms, parks, woods or any other site that might provide a source of food or shelter. In addition to the miserable lives of these cats, some may also become a public nuisance when seeking out food or shelter.
Feral cats are not wild cats, nor are they pets. Therefore, their often bleak and short lives are lived without the protection of traditional welfare societies. Estimated at 60 million nationwide, feral cats typically only live between 3 and 6 years, sometimes only 2 years if living outside a feral colony. "Without humane intervention, 4 cats can multiply to more than 2,500 cats in 5 years" - National Humane Education Society.
Feral cats don't have to live miserable lives. Read how you can make shelters for or help feral cats living in colonies, or how you might foster or adopt a friendly stray cat or tamed feral kitten. Sometimes it is necessary to re-home a feral cat, and they often make great barn cats.
Spay Our Strays follows a trap, neuter, vaccinate, and return policy to reduce the population of feral cats in the Genesee County area. SOS has neutered hundreds of cats in only a few years. We are making a difference! 100% of your donations go to helping these animals. Please help us to help them.
They do not have the skills to survive and are quite vulnerable to the elements, disease, other cats and predators.
It is a problem that SOS struggles with daily ..."
Wendy ~ volunteer for animals