NYC Residents Are Adopting Feral Cats as Working Cats to Save Them From Euthanasia

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Published: January 07, 2019
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The NYC Feral Cat Initiative, which supports organizations and individuals who help community cats, helps process about 1,000 feral cats every month, which saves them from euthanasia. They also get a chance at having the job of reducing rodents on people’s properties, according to the Good News Network.

“Even though there’s absolutely no guarantee they will get any rodents, it often works out that way. The cat gets a home and the business or owner gets reduced or no rodents,” Jesse Oldham, a community cat expert for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), tells The New York Times. “We’ve also seen a lot of people who just like cats. It’s nice having them around, even if they’re not particularly social.”

As a part of the program, volunteers humanely capture the cats and bring them to the veterinarian to be spayed, neutered and vaccinated. If the cat’s original territory is destroyed or rendered unlivable, the cats are paired with someone who has a rodent problem.

The cats aren’t just paired with anyone—the program makes sure the pairings are ideal, according to the Good News Network.

“It’s treated as a real adoption,” Kathleen O’Malley, director of education for the NYC Feral Cat Initiative, tells the NYT. “We’re not just giving away feral cats to people who may not feed them.”

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