It’s always a good day when we can share with you news that an entire county has reduced the number of cats that they have to kill by euthanizing them in a year. Broward County, in Florida, was a county that once captured feral cats and then euthanized them to keep the population down and prevent the growing number of homeless and feral cats in the area. A court voted last year that the county would be allowed to do something called Return to Field, which means feral cats are caught, sterilized and then returned to where they were found if they are otherwise healthy and not doing badly. It allows the numbers to reduce, and it allows cats to live.
Since last year, the number of cats that this county put down went from 44 to 12 percent, and the numbers will drop even more this year. Unfortunately, there are not enough people adopting cats to get all the cats out of the shelters, and many of them euthanize feral cats instead of cats that have had a home and know what it’s like to have a home. They’re fixing this, and it’s good news. The fact that Florida is hot all year means that there are always a ton of homeless kittens in the area that have to find homes, that grow into feral cats and that are never protected. By fixing them and insuring that they are never allowed to reproduce more cats without homes, the problem is righting itself and preventing shelters and vets from putting cats down.
Many feral cats are unfriendly and unadoptable because of it, but they do just fine on their own in the wild. Because of this, shelters want to keep them alive but just keep them from adding to this feral population. It’s a great idea, and it’s a good improvement.
Photo by Broward County Animal Care and Adoption