Some people jog, others play golf, go fishing or play bridge. Most of my friends have got some ordinary hobby's, but me, I hunt feral cats and spend my free time nursing them and putting them through neuter program at the vet so they can cope better with other feral cats in the nature.
Overpopulation of kittens has become a issue in my neighbourhood and I witness every single day hungry feral cats trying to get some shelter or seek food in my backyard. I recently joined a organization which works by the method of Trap-neuter-return (TNR) which is a program through which free-roaming cats are humanely trapped, sterilized and medically treated, and returned to the outdoor locations where they were found.
Kittens still young enough to be socialized and friendly adult cats are typically placed in foster care for eventual adoption into homes as companion animals rather than returned to the outdoors. I live pretty isolated in my home town and my backyard is very popular to these cats. After going through the program, the cats are less territorial, they don't fight as much and fewer kittens are born outside in the freezing cold. We strongly believe we are helping these poor animals by doing this even though people criticise our work and prefer getting rid of them altogether. We prefer the humane method.
My husband who is very allergic to cats goes along with his wife and puts up with her "hobby" because he loves her so much ;) He even came up with the idea of our new clothing hanger with a cat motive completely on his own. I think he secretly loves these animals just as much as me. One of the kitten we trapped 6 months ago still lives with us and has become the sweetest house pet we have ever known. Feral cats can pretty easily be domesticated and if they do, they become your best and loyal friend. Is there a feral cat in your neighbourhood in need?
These are pictures of those cats the organization has worked with the past year.
The black and white spotted beauty is our feral cat who now lives with us.
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