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Q: What can we do about stray cats?

June 15, 2009 | By Ljburke | 10 answers | Expired: 1850 days ago

We purchased property populated by 50 or more stray cats. We can't afford to feed them, and we can't afford to have them all spayed or neutered. What can we do? We live in Taney County, MO.

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Amber
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Jun 15, 2009

this web site could be a good place to start:

www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/trouble_affording_your_pet.html

...since it sounds like what you could really use is some financial assistance in dealing with your new feline neighbors. apparently there are quite a few humane organizations in MO, though i don't see your county listed specifically. if none of those are a match for you, get in touch with one of the groups listed anyway. that list is by no means comprehensive, and there could be others out there that might be able to help. someone with one of the listed groups may be able to refer you to an organization closer to you. in our area there are several defferent animal welfare groups that will provide low cost spay and neuter services for folks who can't afford it, and in the case of feral populations they generally fix them completely free of charge. as far as feeding them, some humane groups will have pet "food pantries" for people who need help feeding their pets, and again, it would appear that there are some in MO. if there aren't any serving your area, you might want to talk to pet stores, feed stores, gorcery stores...anywhere that sells pet foods, and find out what they do with their slightly outdated cat food. some places might be willing to give it to you.

if it's a large and mostly undeveloped piece of property that you're dealing with, the cats are probably providing you with excellent rodent control, so getting rid of them most likely wouldn't be in anyone's best interest if it can be prevented. if you find that the feral cat population is just too large, again, check with some of your local rescue groups. some might have "barn cat placement" programs...basically, they help relocate feral cats from a location where, for whatever reason, they can't stay, and into a barn / rural type environment where the owner will feed and care for the cat and the cat will kill rodents for the barn owner. it's probably the most humane option out there if you absolutely can't deal with all of them, and everybody wins.

www.barncats.org/index.php

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Jillian
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Jun 16, 2009

look for a feral friend in your area: www.alleycat.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=355
sometimes you can find a feral friend to come out and assist you in the trapping for trap-neuter-release.
contact your local shelters and animal clinics. when you have a lot of strays, you can usually find some place willing to help you out financially.
while living there, you will probably always have an abundance of strays, but you can keep that amount to a minimum by having them fixed. many shelters have live traps you can borrow.

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Lisa B.
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Jun 16, 2009

the SPCA in your local area works with spay/neuter/return make sure they tip the ears so you don't retrap the cats that have been fixed. Feral cats don't have a chance in a shelter, but the kittens if you find them quickly can usually get homes.

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