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A Follow-Up To My Poem,

Americaís Outcasts,

For My Brother,

Ed Matlack

ďWhat can one do with a feral cat?

Even if you try to help them,

As I have around here with my neighbor,

They run away, and can only be caught in a trap,

Then the local SPCA basically just euthanizes them.Ē

Ed Matlack

The best way for anyone to help feral cats

Is to utilize TNR (Trap, Neuter, and Return)

Itís the only way to curtail increasing numbers

And, for many more TNR volunteers, we yearn

What many groups like Alley Cat Allies advocate, today

Is trapping them, and taking them to Spay/Neuter facilities

Where they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and tagged

And then returned to their feral colonies, where they live free

I, myself, have several humane live-traps, made for feral felines

I trap them, and I take them to a nearby spay/neuter animal clinic

They only charge me about $30.00 for every feral that I bring there

So this extremely humane endeavor is not very costly at all to finish

Most adult feral felines are already too wild, to make into house pets

So the worst thing one can do is trap them, and take them to a shelter

Where no one is willing to adopt them, or bring them into their homes

So, most shelters donít even try, they just quickly euthanize their ferals

(Feral Kittens, if socialized early enough, however, can become pets,

Most of the feral kittens Iíve brought into my home are quite content).

Those of us who participate in TNR, also build feral feline winter shelters

In which they can survive in their own colonies, through harsh winter days

Unless many people start helping these unwanted and unloved feral felines

America will never be able reduce their numbers or their suffering in any way

To learn more about our national TNR efforts,

And, about building feral feline winter shelters,

Please visit these websites, which Iíve linked below:


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Reviewed by Ed Matlack
Stand corrected...e
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson
Ed, I have to say that I agree with Karen on this. Thank you for always keeping your readers so well informed.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
Actually it is very sad either way, huh?

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Paul Drouillard

Great lesson for all!

Reviewed by Kate Burnside
Reading the reviews below, Dad... how about if the urban ferals were re-located to farms in the vast wide-open territories and countryside so that they could deal with the vermin, etc.? My farming mother would never have cats in the house when we moved into town, but, on the farm when I was growing up, our "wild" colonies certainly earned their keep and our mutual respect and we all lived peaceably side by side. No doubt you have an answer to this... Guess the problem is just too large, huh? xx
Reviewed by Christine Alwin
Great info to get out Ed, My cousin (now in Mexico) has a group that voulunteers this service~ Nueters..etc
Reviewed by Felix Perry
Informative and timely write with winter cold fast apprroaching...
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
A most excellent suggestion that I hadn't even considered. Patrick
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
I've earned the trust of more than one feral kitty ... they make great pets. Too bad where I currently live that they don't allow cats. :( I'd help them all, if I could. Informative and compassionate, well done, Ed.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone
Your poems are always so informative and thought provokingly enriching.

Peace, love and light,
Reviewed by D Johnson
Ed, on Sunday the Oregon Humane Society did a 6 hour telethon and raised over $290,000.00 in one day, pretty neat, I thought.

Also, last night on '60 Minutes' Scott Pelley did a piece on an event held in San Diego every year that works on helping homeless vets.

Little things here and there make a big difference.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead
timely, positive, excellent
Reviewed by John Flanagan
I can't think of a worthier mission than this, Ed.

Reviewed by William Bonilla
Interesting reading Ed
thank for this informative piece
My daughter and her husband did exactly that
to a female with kittens, they trapped her
took her in until she recovered and released her
they keep field mice away........
Peace be with you

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