Love Your Feral Felines
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Vista, CA 92084
Pets at Our Rescue Group:
Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:Oceanside & Vista
About Our Rescue Group:Love Your Feral Felines mission is to improve the lives of feral and abandoned cats & kittens through TNR (trap-neuter-return).Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), is a method of humanely trapping unaltered feral cats, spaying or neutering them, and releasing them back to the same location where they were trapped.
TNR is promoted by the ASPCA as a humane and more effective alternative to euthanasia for managing and reducing feral cat populations. This procedure has been proven to work by stopping the birth of new cats in the colony and letting the colony members live out their lifespan, approx 3yrs for outdoor cats, with their own group. It helps to reduce companion animal overpopulation. Most countries have a surplus of companion animals and are forced to euthanize or disregard their great suffering.
What we do.
We have seen the feral populations in our area grow quickly. We have taken action to remove kittens while they are adoptable/tamable, and spay and neuter both kittens and the adults. In the last eighteen months, with a small team, we have fixed over 150 cats in the North County area, 64 of them since January of 2013 alone. Not only has this program benefited the numerous cats who have been returned to their colonies or placed in new, loving homes, it has similarly benefited the community at large by maintaining the number of feral cats living in colonies.
We currently trap in six different neighborhoods in Vista and Oceanside (California). We set anywhere from ten to fifteen traps at a time, over all six locations. These neighborhoods were selected because each is highly populated with people, have high vehicular traffic and most are unsafe due to predators. In two locations we have lost cats in car accidents, to hunting coyotes and to suspected deliberate poisoning. We estimate that about 150 feral cats are in colonies of various sizes in these locations. During the past eighteen months we have trapped continuously, but birth rates have kept the numbers almost constant, primarily because some females are so very hard to trap.
We will continue to TNR until there are no more un-fixed cats in our area!!!!
Korrie- I’ve spent most my life rescuing unwanted or abandoned animals. Until 1995, I lived in Utah and spent my time riding horses and raising rabbits. Since 2012, I’ve been trapping and taming feral cats. I moved to Southern California and worked at the USPS until I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in Oct 2012. I have been going through chemo and radiation and have only had the energy to do some fostering through SPOT (Saving Pets One At A Time) and Love Your Feral Felines working at trapping and taming feral cats. Working with Ferals and the people who love them has given my life the purpose, meaning and hope to go on.
Christine-Over the past two years, I have been learning more about feral cats and helping to reduce the cat population by spaying and neutering feral cats and kittens with the TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) method. It is a lot of hard work and takes time and dedication. In the end, it’s all worth it when I see the number of cats and kittens I have helped. In 2011 I started volunteering for the San Diego Humane Society and in 2012 I was named volunteer of the month. Here is what they said about me. “My favorite things about Christine are her loving and sensitive nature, positive attitude, strong work ethic, attention to detail, dedication, amazing cat whispering skills, and her willingness to learn and grow. She was a natural from the start”. In 2012 I also starting volunteering and fostering for SPOT (Saving Pets One At a Time) and volunteering at the spay & neuter clinics with The Feral Cat Coalition.