The single largest group of animals killed in the local shelter system is outdoor cats (about 1,100 last year). Outdoor cats are those who live their lives outdoors and are considered unadoptable.
Are there stray cats in your neighborhood, and you could use some help? We’re here for you! Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s Community Cats Program partnering with the Humane Alliance and Petsmart Charities, helps local citizens vaccinate and “fix” outdoor cats so that they can no longer reproduce. Volunteers then maintain their care and feeding so that the cats can live out their lives in their outdoor home and not become a burden to the local shelter system.
What We Offer:
– Free rabies vaccine and spay/neuter surgery for free-roaming cats in Buncombe County. Cats are eartipped, vaccinated, and returned to their outdoor home.
– Traps for feral (untouchable) cats, assistance with the trapping efforts, and transport are available when needed.
– Pet Food Pantry
– Colony Care Counseling and Neighbor Mediation
– Winter Shelters and Straw
Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return is the humane, effective approach for feral cats. Feral cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and then returned to their outdoor home. The tip of one ear is removed during surgery to identify the cat as fixed. Socialized cats and kittens are adopted into homes. The colony’s population stabilizes—no more kittens! Trap-Neuter-Return improves their lives and their relations with the community: the behaviors and stresses associated with mating stop.
Because feral cats are not socialized to people, they are unadoptable as pets. In most shelters and pounds in the US, unadoptable animals are killed. In fact, 70% of all cats who enter shelters are killed there. That number jumps to close to 100% for feral cats.
The traditional approach for feral cats—catching and killing—is endless and cruel, and it does not keep an area free of cats. Cats choose to reside in a location for two reasons: there is a food source and shelter. When cats are removed from a location, survivors of the catch and kill effort and new cats who have moved in breed to capacity.
Ready to get started? Call Nancy Schneiter at 828-505-6737 or email email@example.com for more information.