Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Can 'no-kill' shelters for feral cats help wild birds?

On the CNN.com homepage this morning, I saw an ad for The 10th Life Sanctuary near Clewiston, Fla. The sanctuary's website says:

The "10th Life" Sanctuary is a seven-year-old "no-kill" 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity dedicated to providing lifetime care to sick, unwanted, and feral cats. At the present time we are providing lifetime care for over 600 cats.

We help people and cats. We also help other animal shelters and rescue groups become "no-kill" by taking their perfectly lovable - but unadopted - cats.

Are no-kill shelters and sanctuaries a better option for feral cats than Trap-Neuter-Release programs? Sanctuaries built like this -- with enclosed habitats -- prevent the cats from preying on wild birds and other native species.

Should birders donate to and promote no-kill shelters that accept feral cats?

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Blogger Grant McCreary said...

Yes, I don't see why not. I think they are much more preferable than the feral cat colonies.

We have adopted two cats from our county's no-kill shelter, and we absolutely adore them. Surprisingly, we now have to refrain from taking on more, and thus becoming full-fledged crazy cat people!
Of course, our cats are strictly indoor kitties.

July 25, 2009 2:30 PM  

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