Guest Post: I am a Community Cat advocate. How about you?

Hi everyone,

Today’s Guest post comes on the topic of cats that don’t always have the luxury of having a sheltered home! And a very important message from our friends over at Street Cat Communique by beth frank:

I am a Community Cat advocate!

This all really started for me after I read a book called “Community Cats” by Anne Beall. It is a great story but I was especially moved by the statistics it in.

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Five percent of the people in the United Sates know what Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is. That means 95% don’t have a clue about it or its importance in saving companion animals’ lives, including dogs. The book also has another stunning statistic: only two percent of Community Cats in the US are spayed or neutered. Despite all the efforts of great people, throughout the world, it is making only a dent in the whole problem.

Community Cats are not just wild or feral cats. They may also be cats whose owners have abandoned them or cats that have become lost. Almost all of the problem can be attributed to one source: humans.

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At that point, I then decided that there was a clear need to educate more people to increase the scale and willingness of TNR. When TNR occurs, it will reduce the killing in our animal “shelters”.

How does this happen? When a Community Cat is brought into a “shelter” where there is a TNR program in place, the cat is spayed/neutered and returned to where it was found. The cat will no longer reproduce and add to even more Community Cats. By not holding these cats in cages, it opens up more room for dogs. The bottom line is fewer animals are killed and more find homes.

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Street Cat Communique by beth frank blog was created. The main focus of the blog is to increase education on this to prevent the needless killing that we all detest.

I am also president of Community Cats United, Inc. (Trap-Neuter-Return Community). We have over 6,500 members and over 840 groups from all over the world to advocate for Community Cats, including 77 countries and all 50 US states.

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How can you become part of the Community Cat Movement? Like us and share our pages and posts. Together we need to spread the word about Community Cats and the importance of TNR programs.

I am a Community Cat advocate! How about you?

Here are the other links for our groups:

Street Cat Communique by beth frank
Twitter: StCatCommunique
Community Cats United, Inc. (Trap-Neuter-Return Community)
Twitter: CMTYCatsUnite
Community Cats by Anne Beall

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48 thoughts on “Guest Post: I am a Community Cat advocate. How about you?

  1. emilyneitzel says:

    This is so cool! Thanks for sharing this post. In fact, I just met a little cat on my walk home today with the ear-tip and was wondering what happened to his ear. Now I know!

    • Marc-André says:

      Please refrain from posting the same not related link twice. It was funny the first time around but WordPress is starting to put your comments into the auto junk now if that link appears again…

  2. sassandsauce says:

    Hi. This is happening in India too. Lots of local NGOs are following the TNR routine. I was wondering if the tip of the ear removal is safe and has no harmful effects on the cat?

  3. sidilbradipo1 says:

    Some years ago here in Northern Italy there was a cats birth control campaign supported by the local town halls. The program consisted to FREE spray/neuter feral cats by some listed vets (who received money back for operations/hospitalizations from the local municipalities) 🙂
    Now some vets neuter cats for only € 25 (about 19-20 UK pounds) 😀
    That’s a good help!

  4. coffeewitholiver says:

    I do know about TNR,due to my years of working with cats (and dogs and other animals). A former landlord of mine is deeply involved in the local feral/homeless cat population. I have the deepest respect and gratitude for people who do this. It’s truly shocking how many cats are out there, not fixed, making more babies who will likely live short lives with violent ends.
    Thank you so very much for sharing this information. My hat is off to you.

  5. Susan says:

    Two weeks ago a friend and I found a young, stray cat. Skin and bones, and so sick with a rhino virus it walked as if it was drunk. Sadly she was too far gone, and had to be humanely put down. I hated it very much, but at least in her final hours she knew a gentle touch, warmth, and didn’t suffer in the cold.

  6. lawjic says:

    So SAD, but so true. That is why we do not HIDE out “heads in the sand”. Frankly, I don’t know if they are cold, hungry and miserable, but they sure are better off homeless then on DEATH ROW for being a CAT without a family. At least they have each other. So, no, the photo is not cute; I feel it is necessary. Kudos to you Marc and your Blog Team for working so hard to put out the TRUTH. Everyone need to read this and then consider ADOPTING another cat this weekend. You know you want to do so. Don’t you have room for just one sweet ball of fur. That CAT will pay you back with LOVE and CAT ANTICS which are, as we all know, just PRICELESS!

  7. Tonia says:

    Mark- excellent article! Alarming stats – im making a documentary on community cats and caregivers- what do you think is strongest lead to follow in usa? Im in massachusetts, but any usa leads would be helpful

    Ive started with mrfrs and mayors council on community cats New York city.
    Tonia @

  8. Linda Anderson says:

    Dear Sir, Iam good w/this information. Am for it. Made couple of shelters for local cats. Here’s where I am angry ….. These folks took my cat (I found later) & did their inspection ect…then clipped her ear. She was spayed! Just because I didn’t have a collar on her, they assumed. Not happy. :+( But still a supporter. Linda Anders

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