Alley cats are in need of an ally
Cats – they’re hot stuff on the internet. Cute kitty capers abound on-line, but when it comes to life in the real world, life for stray city cats is not so appealing.
Animal advocate Jenny Doyle is only too aware of the city’s stray cat problem.
Tired of hearing about cats being cruelly treated, abandoned and neglected, Jenny wants something done about the ongoing problem. She has, using her own money and donations, trapped and had neutered eight cats in the last month, before releasing them.
‘‘I have a cat in the crate as we speak,’’ Jenny says. ‘‘Four of them were girls, fully pregnant. I feel quite pleased I have stopped them in their tracks.’’
It’s kitten season, and the stray population is full of mother cats ‘‘ready to drop’’. It means a whole new generation of furry problems is about to come on stream
Jenny already has her own cats, and doesn’t want to take in any more. Cost is also part of the problem with desexing as much as $136 per cat from some vets.
Now with two traps and cooperation from a couple of city vets who are offering her special prices for desexing and neutering, she says the trap neuter and release of healthy animals is the most sustainable option.
‘‘People out there will always feed them, so if there was a well organised collective of people, and with some funding coming in from the public, I really believe it is possible to get on top of the problem by either having these animals desexed or euthanased where needed.’’
Her idea is to bring together a group of people to clean up the city and have enough money to ensure the desexing is done in any areas where strays accumulate.
‘‘It is urgent because it doesn’t make sense to let them continually breed. Stopping the kittens born to the streets and rehoming any that can be caught, is the most humane and effective thing to do’’
To accomplish this, she has set a loose collective called The Alley Cat Brigade and can be contacted by anyone who wants to help by email email@example.com or on 356 1565. .
City people are kind-hearted enough to feed stray cats, but local animal advocate, Jenny Doyle says the problem needs a more sustainable solution.