by Lisa D
Just a few of our feral cats
Well, we (my husband, mother & I) live on the same property in Springtown, Tx, which is 10 acres. We started out feeding 4 feral cats, 1 female and 3 males. Which within 3 years has become 45 feral cats. I started investigating altering programs, which were all too expensive. I finally stumbled upon the North Tx Humane Society's Catch and Release Program for Feral Cats, which we quickly took advantage of.
We now have approximately 30 of the 45 now altered and still on our property. The others are now too savvy to the traps and we are trying to gain their confidence in order to catch them, also.
We have gained the affection of approximately more than half of these wonderful felines and we love them all. I have named each and every one of them and worry if I don't see them every morning when I feed. So far, we have only lost 5 in the 3 years, most of which died before we could catch them.
I also have 4 inside cats, one which goes outside and mingles with the others. There are 5 of the feral cats, now very tame, who would prefer to be indoor cats now. But, only 1, the original female and mother of most of them, from 3 years ago, is allowed to sleep in. She has proved herself worthy of that privilege. Although, she would rather be the only cat inside.
We will keep up the catch and release as long as it is necessary. It's all been worth the effort, our feral cats are more healthy and I believe they are more happy also. They are all, our joy. The Catch and Release Program is a wonderful program and people should take advantage of it, rather than have an animal killed. Keep these wonderful felines alive, so they may enjoy us, they can become great friends. They all have a place on this earth just as we do, all animals have their role to play, it's the circle of life. God wanted animals on this earth, or he wouldn't have had Noah build them an Ark.
Lisa, Bill and Sis
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