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:
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!!!
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