No More Unemployed Cats
Tree House Humane Society Cats at Work Project relocates cats previously spay/neutered and vaccinated for rabies to areas to where businesses leaders or public officials haven’t found another workable solution to an explosion of numbers of rats.
For whatever the reason, it’s thought that the rats cheerfully live side by side with feral cats – that’s untrue. In fact, cats are quite adept at killing city rats.
And cats are not imported into Chicago for the Cats at Work Project. The cats already live here – living reasonably nearby, and are relocated to exactly where the rats are.
What’s also untrue, says Nickerson, is much of what’s said about feral cats, from how many birds they can possibly kill to spreading infectious disease to the general public. In fact, if they killed as many birds as some suggest, we wouldn’t have more than maybe a few hundred birds in the entire country.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) somehow forced a hold House on Bill 4671. The DNR told legislator to vote ‘NO’ on the bill, which supports continued dollars for spay/neuter, and financial support for community (feral) cat TNR (trap-neuter-return) programs. If this hold continues, taxpayers will actually pay a greater dollar. Meanwhile, the DNR’s “solution” is to kill feral cats. No only won’t that work, it’s hardly a humane approach.
Read my additional comments regarding the DNR misinformed views regarding TNR (trap-neuter-return of feral cats). They are ridiculous – but legislators somehow assumes the DNR is right.
Researcher/author “Community Cats: A Journey Into the World of Feral Cats,” Anne Beall offers her perspective.