Do you need help with a stray cat?

I have been bombarded with emails and phone calls the past few weeks from people wanting help with stray and feral cats!
I am happy to help WHEN and IF I have funds and space to do so. However, despite having helped more than 600 strays in feral cats in the past 7 years, I am one of the many cat rescues in HRM that receives ZERO funding. HRM places no importance on the work that we do, nor does it seem that they care about the many cats who were suffering outside… and the many that are sadly still needing help.
What we cannot do, is to help every stray that is out there. As much as we would love to, we simply do not have the funds to do so. Tapa Cat Rescue relies on donations and our own fundraising in order to care for our rescues waiting for adoption, and to help others on our waiting list.
Calls and emails to me usually start off with… “I have a stray in my back yard that I have been feeding for the past year … it was just a kitten then, but I couldn’t catch it.” But now suddenly the situation is urgent and the person wants me to do something about the cat. Kittens can be successfully socialized and we have very good luck with finding them a home. We cannot however, take an adult feral cat and find it a home… that is just not possible or realistic.
I am happy to answer any questions about strays or ferals. However, for those few who have hung up on me because I wouldn’t remove a feral cat from their property, I did not put the cat there… and there is no magic place where all of the feral cats can be relocated to. We advocate for the humane treatment of feral and stray cats, and we promote TNR (Trap Neuter Return) as the humane method of dealing with feral cats. More information can be found at:
http://www.alleycat.org
For people who find friendly strays, we recommend that 1) they take a photo of the cat and post a “Found Ad” on Kijiji and also post the photo and information on the Facebook page “Lost and Found Cats in HRM and Nova Scotia”, and 2) if no owner is found, call the SPC and put your name on their waiting list to take the cat.
I would also encourage every person who has stray or feral cats in their yard or their neighbourhood, to send an email to your local councillor, to find out what HRM will do to help you!!!
http://www.halifax.ca/councillors
Sincerely,
Tapa Cat Rescue Societystray cats

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2 Responses to Do you need help with a stray cat?

  1. Michael says:

    I saw this the other day and it said :My heart breaks when I get emails from proud cat owners about their cats’ new litters of kittens, knowing that for every kitten they’ll give away “free to a good home,” a shelter cat may lose its life. (And knowing that those “free kittens” may not fare so well.)
    I never thought of it this way.

  2. Thank you Michael for your feedback. Tapa’s mandate is to help stray and feral cats, who are sadly very often overlooked in our society. For every person who asks us to take their cat … because they are moving, because they had a baby, because they have allergies, etc., etc., we explain that we have a waiting list of cats living outside without food and shelter, and those cats must be our priority. I understand that spaying and neutering is expensive, however if every person who got a “free” kitten would give some thought to the actual cost of that “free” kitten, they would understand that by adopting from a rescue they are getting a cat or kitten that has been medically checked (and spayed/ neutered), for a much lower price … and that means we then have space to rescue more. It’s a win-win situation.

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