Island Cat Feral Rescue, Inc
Island Cat Feral Rescue, Inc

Our Organization was founded to further the advancement of animal welfare by preventing cruelty to animals - one way we do this is by serving as an information resource on humane management of feral cat colony populations. We believe that TNR is the most effective process for feral management.

Why TNR?

The following information is provided by Alley Cat Alleys - The National Feral Cat Resource: (1) Discover the truth about feral cats. (2007) {Brochure} Bethesda, MD: Author.

"A stray cat is not a feral cat. A stray is a cat who has been abandoned or who has strayed from home and become lost. Stray cats can usually be re-socialized and adopted.

A feral cat is an unsocialized cat. Either he was born outside and never lived with humans, or he is a house cat who has strayed from home and over time has become unsocialized to humans.

Feral cats should not be taken to local shelters to be adopted. Feral cats are not pet cats, and they will be killed at most shelters. Because they're unadoptable, they sometimes don't even make it to the shelter, but are killed in the animal control truck. Even no-kill shelters are unable to place feral cats in homes.

Feral Kittens can be adopted. Feral kittens can often be tamed and placed in homes, but they must be socialized in their first weeks of life. This is a critical window and if they aren't handled in time, they will remain feral and therefore unadoptable.

Feral cats can have about the same lifespan as pet cats. And they contract diseases at about the same low rate. The incidence of disease in feral cat colonies is no higher than among owned cats.

Feral cats are not the cause of wildlife depletion. Studies show that the overwhelming cause of wildlife depletion is destruction of natural habitat due to man made structures, chemical polution, pesticides and drought - not feral cats.

Trap and remove doesn't work! Not only would you have to continue to remove cats, this process is extremely costly. Other cats simply move in to take advantage of the available resources and they breed prolifically,quickly forming a new colony. this "vacuum effect" is well documented.

Trap, neuter, and return does work. No more kittens. Their numbers gradually go down. The annoying behaviors of mating cats such as yowling or fighting stop. The cats are vaccinated and they are fed on a regular schedule. This ongoing care creates a safety net for both the cats and the community.



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Contact Us Today for information on Trapping and low cost spay/neuter.

Island Cat Feral Rescue, Inc
PO Box 860321
Saint Augustine, Fl. 32086

Phone: 904-797-7562


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