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Q: How much hotwater has anyone gotten into for Doing TNR work?

November 3, 2008 | By naneki26 k. | 5 answers | Expired: 2229 days ago

naneki26 k.

I was just recalling getting in trouble with our harbor patrol for feeding ferals in the bushes and getting harrassed also by the maintenace yard Jerks as well. Any one else still still feeling bad for doing good and getting harrassed.

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Patricia  C.
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Nov 13, 2008

I have a friend who was feeding wild raccoons in his backyard. They had gotten pretty friendly with him and he had several that were eating right out of his hand. I talked with my vet about it, and he said that it was very dangerous because raccoons are one of the highest carriers of rabies and that he would never feed a wild raccoon out of his hand. Then my friend's ex-wife came over and she was feeding the raccoon and one of them bit her and she had to have the whole series of rabies shots.

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Susan R.
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Nov 06, 2008

A few years ago I had quite a few cats hanging around my apartment building in Jersey City. I started to feed them and knew I had to do the right thing so I met Lisa from TLC and we did TNR. My landlord was very happy about it and so were the neighbors. I wish that people would understand that it really does work. It takes time and dedicated poeple but in the end it makes a big difference.

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Meg S.
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Nov 06, 2008

Pat B. has a great suggestion...contact Alley Cat Allies. They are a great resource on TNR and maintaining cat colonies and the best way to do that.
You must consider the neighbors, homes and businesses in the area as they are seeing the cats as a nuisance and you are the cats ambassodor. So you need to nicely explain how you will help with the issue and not make it worse.

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Manzana
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Nov 03, 2008

I personally have not gotten into trouble for feeding ferals, but I know it's an issue. Have you heard of Alley Cat Allies? They are an organization that believes in assisting feral cats and support the trap/neuter/release philosophy. You can probably find some tips on how to handle feeding objections from them. They also run clinics periodically in some of the larger cities around the country.

www.alleycat.org

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Danielle M.
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Nov 03, 2008

This is a very hard question to answer because yes we all want to help every animal that we see on the street and we want to feed them because we are genuinely concerned for the animals health. However there is a time when we must use some extra judgement and hold back. I myself have been the type of person to seea stray a feed it, in fact thats how we got our first cat and it can be very hard to train ferals to be good pets. The problem with feeding these ferals is that you never know what they could be carrying. You may be reinforcing their likeness towards humans but what if a little child walks up to a cat to feed it and does something it doesn't like it could retaliate and harm a child. You never know what that cat could be carrying one must remember they dont have vets to give them vaccines and such. you may also be helping there being more room for breeding...where there is food and a place where they know they will be getting it they will also find places to mate and cause more feral cats its just room for more homeless animals. I know you want to help its hard for me not to do the same..and remember these peopela are just doing their jobs. one way you could help is to find a spay neuter clinic that spays and neuters ferals in the area it can reduce the problem..helping wouldn't then necessarily promote more ferals

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