She Deserves To Live

Cats who are abandoned to live outside have a hard life. They must hunt for prey, avoid cars and predators, find shelter from the cold and be subjected to countless parasites and diseases. They reproduce at an alarming rate. Some people think that trapping and killing homeless cats is the answer. If its human ignorance that has put these domestic felines in a homeless situation, why should the animals suffer or be killed?
The Community Cat Program is being launched to educate City Council, and City staff, as well as the community, on the benefits of providing a safe habitat for the cats who are left to fend for themselves and live outside. Spay and neuter are key benchmarks to the Community Cat Program, as well as education and owner responsibility. Trapping cats and killing them with our tax dollars is archaic.
If you are interested in joining the Community Cat Program committee, please emailloisjackson@sympatico.ca.
This is an exciting project, and long overdue. Please share this message.
Thank you.

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  1. A big thank you to Ron Oke for speaking at the Animal Welfare Committee meeting in November, 2011. Ron is the Animal Welfare Coordinator for the City of London.

    London is doing exemplary work to humanely curb their community cat population using up-to-date, proven methods. London communities and businesses who participate in their program have been very supportive and pleased with the results! Nuisance behaviours like urine spraying, howling and fighting are greatly reduced or eliminated. Cat populations are being stabilized and gradually reduced. This benefits the community and the city/Animal Control, which receives fewer complaints.

    Taxpayers benefit because the program is both more effective AND cost-effective than the traditional catch-and-kill attempts at population control. Money from cat license sales helps fund the program.

    Rescue groups benefit because fewer kittens are born, freeing up space to help other cats in need.

    The cats in the program benefit as they are no longer stressed by mating-related activities and patrolling their territory; they are healthier because they spend more time eating, grooming and sleeping.

    The City of London website has helpful information about the program that a growing number of communities are using. The term “community” cat is a newer term used to describe any free-roaming cat able to survive outside, but is sometimes interchanged with “feral” cat.

    From the City of London web page, “Feral Cats in London”:

    “Feral cats live in London like they do in all municipalities in Ontario and across North America. The City of London and its animal welfare partners wish to make Londoners and visitors more aware of this situation and are looking to the community to help implement solutions for feral cats…

    This web page contains details to help understand feral cats and to highlight what the City of London is doing to help strengthen the community-based program for managing feral cats in London.”

    Read more at http://www.london.ca/d.aspx?s=/Animal_Services/Feral_Cats.htm