Feral Cats in JacksonvilleMay 17, 2007
Thought of this after it came to my attention that someone is bringing kittens that need a home to Bizarre Market. A feral cat had kittens under their home.
Inertia’s Joe Flowers pulled together this info for you all.
There are thousands of feral cats living and breeding in Jacksonville, thanks to our temperate climate and people who allow their unaltered pets to roam the streets looking for love. These animals generally live short, difficult lives -about 2 years on average- and the traditional model for dealing with feral cat populations has been “Catch and Kill”, which only makes room for more cats to come in and fill the niche left by captured cats.
Fortunately, there is an alternative. Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) has been shown to be an effective and humane way to control feral cat populations, and on July 20 and 21 The Humane Society of the United States will be offering a seminar in Jacksonville–Implementing a Communitywide Trap-Neuter-Release Program for Feral Cats.
You should attend this seminar if you are interested in helping out with local feral cat programs, or if you would like to learn how to maintain and protect your own feral colony. The program is sponsored by First Coast No More Homeless Pets and Jacksonville Animal Care and Control. It’s only $15 a day, OR $20 for BOTH days, and scholarships are available. See the website for more information here.
Also check out Jacksonville’s No More Homeless Pets, and the services they offer for homeless pets and low-income pet owners, by going to fcnmhp.org. The place where they do the cheap or free spay/neutering is on Edison Ave in Riverside.
For more facts about feral cats and information on a city with a more pro-active / progressive Trap-Neuter-Release program go to feralcat.com. Many cities are implementing programs like this with amazing success!