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95,000 Ferals in Dutchess County Alone

Image DetailWe have a feral and stray cat crisis in the United States. Estimates range from 13 million to 87 million felines roam our streets, alleys, farms and woodland. It’s staggering. So many times these animals remain “invisible” making it impossible to get a clear picture of how many cats live and die as homeless creatures.

What is known is the struggle they endure to survive: fighting for territory, food and mates. They constantly dodge the dangers of humans: cars, lawn mowers, chemicals and mal-intended individuals that mean to do them harm. Weather poses another challenge when living outside.

I was shocked to learn how many cats live on the streets in my own county – Dutchess, NY:

In 2010, Best Friends Animal Society, a nationally renowned animal advocacy organization and sanctuary, conducted a study of the feral cat population in the United States. Their report indicates that there are approximately 95,000 homeless cats in Dutchess County. These cats produce approximately 100,000 kittens each year and 25,000 of those kittens will survive to reach adulthood and begin breeding to add even further to the cat overpopulation crisis. As shared by PANT.

There are numerous organizations, including PANT, that work tirelessly to turn these numbers around for the better; as well as individuals that make a world of difference in their own neighborhood, but many hands make light work, and they need your help. If you are interested in helping them make a positive change, there are lots of ways to get involved. You can start by reaching out to them (a simple google search will help you find them), and asking what they need.

WARNING: When you see the faces of cats you have personally helped, you’re going to be hooked!

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1 Comment to “95,000 Ferals in Dutchess County Alone”

  1. Woodsman says:

    TNR-Advocates and their programs are making a real difference in the lives of cats and their communities —

    If you do the research, as I did using data from the most successful TNR programs, you’ll easily find that TNR programs can trap at least 50% of existing cats in any one area with their efforts. Left unchecked, they simply breed out of control. Some cats learn to evade traps and go on to produce offspring so they need special attention. Spreading disease can be avoided by trapping and checking the health of cats in any colony.

    Stray-cats, the source of feral-cats, are cats that have been abandoned by their families. Traps are an effective way to slow everything down to where cat populations will be controlled and monitored, and friendly cats will be placed. TNR advocates are right about one thing; trap and kill doesn’t work because of the “vacuum effect”. I even enjoying birds I’ve never seen in my life before, because the TNR efforts have been so successful. Two of the warblers listed in the top 10 songbirds of the world for their song. What an amazing sound to awake to each morning.

    May you have as much success as I did.

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