February 11, 2013
Recently an article came out in the New York Times (and reprinted locally) wherein the Smithsonian Conservative Biology Institute and the Fish and Wildlife Service state that cats, both free roaming and pets, are responsible for killing 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals each year.
Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County can’t speak to where they are getting their “estimated” figures or the validity of their data. Our position on this matter, which coincides with our mission, is as follows:
We do not believe in killing one creature to save another. The most humane way of controlling “community cats” (feral, free roaming) is through trap, neuter, return – the method that we have been using since 1990 when we were founded. We are in complete agreement that:
1.) Free roaming cats kill birds and small mammals – it is in their nature
2.) Indoor only cats would be healthier, safer, and would not impact our environment
This is exactly why we work tirelessly to reduce the free roaming cat population. We care about ALL living beings – not just cats. This includes the impact that rounding up and killing cats has on us as human beings. Killing (not euthanizing) a viable, healthy, living creature is bad. It’s bad for the cat that is terrified up to the point that it is killed and it’s bad for the shelter staff who have to house, then kill the cat. These people are members of our community and it’s bad to require them to take this action upon an innocent creature.
If the goal is to figure out what is happening to our world - whether it is a reduction in the bird population or destruction of our planet, we need only look as far as the mirror.
Just like any community concern, it takes each of us to do our part in acknowledging that there is a problem, identifying the solution and taking action. Our goal is to reduce the feral cat population down to zero through spay/neuter, but we can’t do it alone.
Sonoma Humane Society offers weekly, low cost, high quality spay/neuter services for all tame, owned cats. (800) 427-7973
Sonoma County Animal Care and Control offers weekly, low cost, high quality spay/neuter services for dogs. (800) 427-7973
Petaluma Animal Shelter (778-7387), Rohnert Park Animal Shelter (584-1582) and Pets Lifeline (996-4577) all offer monthly low cost, high quality spay/neuter services for dogs and cats.
There are NO EXCUSES for any person in this County to have a litter of puppies or kittens. Services are available. One only needs to pick up the phone and take action.
Our Mission: Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County is dedicated to protecting and improving the lives of feral cats through local spay/neuter programs, placement services, community outreach and nationwide education.
Our Vision: Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County is committed to a world where all animals are treated with compassion and respect. We are dedicated to elevating the quality of life of feral cats and ending the pain and suffering of all cats living among us.
Meow for now,