Don’t Forget About the Felines!

Cats need transport just as much as dogs do; it is estimated that out of the 6.2 million companion animals that enter the U.S shelter system yearly, 3.2 million are cats! A phrase you may hear at your local shelter is ‘kitten season,’ which is the period most commonly from May to August when cats most commonly have their litters. Unfortunately, this is when shelters are the busiest and are bursting at the seams with large litters of kittens.

Sadly, while dogs and cats enter the shelter system in seemingly equal numbers, nearly twice as many cats are euthanized in shelters- 68% of cats compared to 32% of dogs. Not all cats can be handled safely by humans and are accustomed to life outside. Instead of taking up space in a shelter or humane society for a cat that is fit for adoption, this is where community Trap Neuter Return (TNR) programs come into play. TNR entails trapping, spaying/neutering, vaccinating, and returning community cats to their original outdoor locations. This practice helps prevent the repopulation of the cat colony and helps prevent disease.

Check out your local shelters, rescues, and humane societies to see how you can help your local cat communities. Be sure to follow Race for Life Rescue and stay up to date on our upcoming rescue missions