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Feral Cat Debate: The Case for Large-scale, non-lethal Interventions

American citizens, like people the world over, are fascinated by cats, big and small. We admire them for their strength, their stealth, and their hunting prowess, and for their ability to blend in to their surroundings. And in the case of domestic cats, we value them for their companionship and the unique traits that make…

TNR Is Dangerous Both to Cats and to Other Animals

People who consider themselves “cat lovers,” including proponents of trap-neuter-release (TNR) —programs that sterilize but then abandon domestic cats and so should more aptly be called “trap-neuter-abandon”—don’t mean to consign cats to ghastly fates, but in leaving them outside to fend for themselves, they do.

“World Spay Day” Aims to Reduce Numbers of Feral Cats and Dogs

If a street dog or cat could read a calendar, it would circle in red the last Tuesday in February. It’s World Spay Day, when volunteers round up stray animals in an effort to humanely control the feral populations. The campaign was started in 1995 by the Doris Day Animal Foundation, with the goal of…

Hope on the Horizon for the Free-Roaming ‘House’ Cat Conundrum?

While populations of wild cat species are disappearing almost everywhere they are found from lions, and leopards to Critically Endangered tiger subspecies, house cats have more than narrowed in on that ubiquitous barking mammal, the dog, as the most popular companion animal in peoples’ homes. Unfortunately, it seems that free-roaming cat populations like strays and…

Bangladesh: Getting it Wrong, and Getting it Right

  The photo you see above is of an adorable stray cat that’s living like a squatter at Bangladesh’s biggest children’s hospital. The kitty could be called adorable, if a little standoffish. It’s also something of a scourge: Cats shouldn’t be allowed to roam the open halls and wards of a hospital, certainly not one…