Solutions To Cat Overpopulation

Feral Cat - photo by in-the-woods [Gary] under Creative Commons License

Feral Cat - photo by in-the-woods [Gary] under Creative Commons License

No need for solutions to cat overpopulation as there is no problem. There is underpopulation, in fact.

The argument goes that animal rights extremists (ARs) are misrepresenting the true situation. ARs say that the high number of cat and dogs in shelters indicates an oversupply from breeders (and I suppose irresponsible ownership).

The truth, so Loretta Baughan says, is that there is a shortage of pets. The problem is poor management of animal shelters giving the wrong impression. This argument is supported by the claim that some shelters are importing animals from places such as Mexico to allow supply to meet demand. Sounds strange to say the least.

Loretta says that there is definitely not an overpopulation of dogs or cat and the solutions to cat overpopulation would therefore seem to rest with better management of shelters as some are importing and some are at capacity. The better shelters are "successful" in business terms in finding homes and require more animals, while some are "unsuccessful" and require better management to place cats and dogs more successfully.

Another problem is the lack of data from shelters. This supports the poor management argument. She says the problem with overpopulation of cats and dogs has gone away over the past 25 years with better spay/neuter.

She agrees that there is still high levels of euthanasia of shelter animals, however. My research indicates over 2 million cats alone in the USA killed each year. This then is down to poor but well meaning shelter management, is it?

Perhaps the euthanized cats are the ill and old, but that still means an oversupply doesn't it? I don't know who is right. Is Loretta's argument just breeders fighting "animal rights extremists" with tactics that they say these AR extremist use (i.e. disseminating misinformation). Has Loretta just made up the whole thing? How can she know she is correct when there is insufficient data, as she says.

Are there breeder extremists? Probably yes. Are all animal rights people extremists? No. What do think? Do you believe this argument? Please leave a comment.

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Nov 10, 2011 Loretta Baughan: a false flag campaign?
by: Grahame

I should like to know just who this Loretta Baughan is and why I should credit her opinions? Her assertions are here being publicised, but her qualifications and sources not. There is at this juncture no persuasive reason to credit her contrarian assertions. I sense a false flag campaign meant-to-misdirect sort of argument on her part, such as has become pervasive in our political discourse, if you can call it discourse nowadays.

I wonder urgently upon whose payroll is this Loretta Baughan? Is she in the public relations field? Is she a paid spokeswoman? Is she a crank?

Also, whilst this post has the style of Michael Broad, it is unattributed on POC. Perhaps mere oversight. And I want to see footnotes and documentation as to sources to assist me in following this.


Jan 29, 2010 We believe in TNR programs but Judge’s Ruling Impacts TNR in Los Angeles
by: Anonymous in Los Angeles

TNR programs works but a local judge issued a ruling in response to a lawsuit filed against the City of LA by wild bird groups, ordering that the City of Los Angeles is suspended in supporting and promoting Trap-Neuter-Return as a means to help homeless cats.

This ruling will suspend the city shelters from distributing our clinic flyers to educate people about TNR or allowing shelter employees to encourage TNR as an alternative to people as they are there dropping off cats at the shelter. It also ceases any city coupon funding that our clinic can use towards homeless cats, which is critical in helping us cover the cost of spay/neuter services to make them free for us.

Article: http://fixnation.org/2009/12/judges-ruling-impacts-tnr-in-los-angeles/

This solution works, I have personal experience with the TNR program. I don't hear cat fights, I haven't seen new kittens, but have seen a family of skunks, my ferals seem healthier how can something like this happen?

They have birth control for city pigeons, this is the feline way to birth control! Support TNR Programs in your city.


Sep 30, 2009 THE MORE, THE MERRIER
by: Lisa D

I've enjoyed every single day of having 40+ cats around my home, I hope there will always be that many or more. I love them all!
I have to comment on the Humane Society, if a person brings in a feral cat, and they are not participating in the Trap, Alter and Return program, that animal WILL be euthenized. I found out the hard way. I went for the program, and there was a man who had trapped this beautiful large black and white feral male, which I wanted to take home with me, but, didn't have the room in my vehicle at the time. I came back the next day and he had already been euthenized. I was so sad for him. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him and hope he's in a better place.



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