Calling all people in Florida involved in TNR or cat rescue and perhaps a lawyer who might be able to help.
Leslie, writing a comment on an article about the sort of person who becomes a feral cat caretaker, said the following:
Hello. I live in a condo in Florida, and have 3 cats I TNRd when nobody else would help them. I have fed and supported them for 3 years, being harassed, discriminated against, and threatened. I try to sneak food out now, but am being watched by neighboring apartments and they tattle. I cry my eyes out wanting to see them. They sit and wait for me. I need legal or any support anyone can give. I am attached to these cats. They love me too. Please help. I am scared to get put out of here. I refuse to stop feeding. I can’t let them starve.
We know this sort of thing happens. We know that there is a group of people in society in America who threaten, harass and discriminate against kind people who cannot ignore stray and feral cats who are suffering. As a consequence, cat caretakers who are compassionate towards feral cats have to protect themselves from unpleasant people in society as well as help the cats. It obviously makes the work more difficult and it must be very upsetting.
The people who harass and threaten are, in my view, ignorant people who’d rather see feral cats eradicated in any way possible. They appear to have no compassion and are driven by self-interest. They do not want kind people helping unwanted street cats because they believe that in feeding them they attract more cats and perhaps wildlife. They also believe that it despoils the neighbourhood.
If they assisted the woman rather than criminally harassed her they could solve the problem together and improve society generally. But they prefer to take an antagonistic, unpleasant approach, which is a reflection of their attitude and character.
I would like this person to be helped if at all possible. It may be impractical and I may be asking too much. Somebody can contact her through her email address: firstname.lastname@example.org — and hopefully find a way to move forward. It would be a great if this could happen.
Are the cats socialised enough for adoption?
There is no doubt that there is no easy way forward. Perhaps the only way forward is for the cats concerned to be rehomed if they are socialised enough. Leslie will know the answer to this but she didn’t mention it in her comment.
I think this is the best solution i.e. to get the animals off the street and into homes if at all possible. I think Leslie would accept this solution. However, is unlikely to be possible as adult feral cats are rarely adoptable.
Can anyone help Leslie?