Rated ‘T’ for teens: Every cat who wants a home, should have one
By Taylor Shaffer
A person having a cat isn’t a rare occurrence. Most cats are domesticated and with loving families. That isn’t always the case though. As I’ve been told by multiple people in the Clinton County area, we have a problem. This problem is wild cats, also known as, “feral cats” who roam the streets and find homes underneath porches, sheds, and other things they can rummage into.
Not everyone can take these cats, or catch them to take them to a shelter, so they try to feed and water them. But most can’t afford to, or say that it only draws in more cats. Most shelters don’t try to save and give these cats to a better home, but they do a process called, “Trap and Release.”
This process includes trapping the cat without harming it, neutering or spaying the cat, and then releasing it into the wild again. The process isn’t exactly helping the cat, but it’s making sure that the cat can’t have children with another cat, and just cause more cats to appear from reproduction.
We all wonder how feral cats are out there, if most are domesticated. Some run away from their homes, either because the owner isn’t treating them right, or they don’t like the life they are living. Others are more sadly left behind. Families who are moving a long distance oftentimes leave the cat outside to fend for itself, rather than giving it away.
The Beckoning Cat Project is a project dedicated to reaching out and saving feral cats, spaying and neutering them, giving them their shots, and trying to find them loving homes. We have one located in Williamsport that tries to do exactly that. They are not a shelter for rehoming cats, they simply focus on feral cats and stabilizing their population, or saving them and giving them homes.
They’re also a project that uses the Trap and Release method, but they do also try to find those feral cats homes. When they are taken in and released, they put them under an anesthesia and clip the tip of their ear. It doesn’t hurt the cat and it shows that they have been neutered, spayed, and given a rabies shot.
If you’re thinking of getting a cat, rescue one that has either been a feral cat or adopt one from a shelter. More importantly, if you’re trying to give away a cat, don’t leave it on the street to die or fend for itself. There are shelters and people out there who would be grateful to have a cat. Every cat who wants a home, should have a home.
Taylor Shaffer is a tenth grade student at Central Mountain High School. Taylor has a passion for writing and will produce a weekly column appearing on Tuesdays in The Express community newspaper.