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Feral cats are the 'wild' offspring of domestic cats and are primarily the result of pet owners' abandonment or failure to spay and neuter their animals, allowing them to breed uncontrolled. Feral cat 'colonies' can be found behind shopping areas or businesses, in alleys, parks, abandoned buildings, and rural areas. They are elusive and do not trust humans.

Many people assume their animals will survive when they move away and leave them behind. Contrary to popular belief, domestic animals do not automatically return to their "natural" instincts and cannot fend for themselves! Already, U.S. animal shelters are forced to kill an estimated 15 million homeless cats and dogs annually. The alternative to humane euthanasia for almost every stray is a violent end or slow, painful death. Many "throwaways" die mercilessly outdoors from starvation, disease, abuse --- or as food to a predator.

A pair of breeding cats, which can have two or more litters per year, can exponentially produce 420,000 offspring over a seven-year period.

We are actively involved in the Trap-Spay/Neuter-Return Program, which is widely recognized as the most humane and effective strategy for reducing feral cat populations.  It involves humanely trapping feral cats and transporting them to a veterinary clinic where they are spayed or neutered.  After surgery, cats recuperate for a day or two and are then returned to their colony habitat where they live out their natural life.  Since the cats are no longer reproducing, colonies gradually diminish in size.  And by reducing or eliminating mating, fighting and wandering, Trap-Spay/Neuter-Return makes colonies more stable, impacts the influx of newcomers and improves the health of the cats.

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Tender Heart Haven is a California Non-Profit Corporation. Donations are Tax Deductible under section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code

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