Newsday Tuesday – Ordinary People Helping Stray Cats

I know many people who have gone out of their way to help feral cats. Some take any homeless cat into their home and heart. Some of them establish shelters and begin professionally helping homeless cats. Many others do what they can to save and protect the feral cats in their neighborhood.

My chiropractor is one of those. When she noticed cats skittering around the industrial park near her office, she attempted to befriend them and was successful with some of them. She noticed a few cats hiding out just outside her office window and she began providing food and shelter. A couple of the cats now wander inside her establishment and even take over the office chair on occasion. She has managed to get them spayed and neutered and boy do they look healthy.

This is not an isolated case. Thousands of people all over the world are stepping up to make life a little (or a lot) better for lost and discarded cats and kittens. If you’ve noticed stray cats in your neighborhood, here are a couple of sites where you can get some great advice about how to help. You can take action to place the cat where she will get the appropriate help, you can provide safe and adequate shelter using some of the great ideas in these articles, or you can take the cat in. Some neighbors band together to help free-roaming cats in their area—there’s power and confidence in numbers. And remember, there are established shelters and colonies operated by people who can help with your stray cat dilemma.

Check out these sites for additional information: https://www.meowsnpaws.com/cat-care/how-to-care-stray-feral-cats/ https://www.stray-cat-advice.com/how-to-care-for-a-stray-cat-in-winter-20-helpful-tips/

If you’ve noticed a new cat in the neighborhood or a couple of shy kittens wandering around, start their new year out right and offer a helping hand, even if it is to borrow a trap and deliver the cat to a local no-kill shelter where he will be cared for. Use keywords, feral cat + your county for local resources.

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