Monday, December 15, 2008

Decriminalize Feeding Stray and Feral Cats

Everyday across the United States, individuals are fined or threatened with jail time for providing food to stray and feral cats.

At first thought, it might seem like a good idea to implement ordinances to penalize those who feed stray/feral cats in hopes to combat pet homelessness; however, such laws only heighten the problem rather than help. In reality, this puts individuals, who are willing to take care of and give homes to stray/feral cats, under fire; when they are simply trying to help the animals. After all, it is not necessarily their fault the cats are homeless; they are just trying to be upstanding citizens, by taking it upon themselves to help the animals.

Instead of blaming the feeders and criminalizing their actions, we should encourage their acts of compassion by assisting them with the resources and information available to care for and sterilize the animals. Not to mention, feed cats are healthier cats.

Please urge the National Animal Control Association (NACA) to stop asking agencies to order individuals NOT to feed stray/feral cats, by signing the petition. Promoting starvation DOES NOT comply with the NACA's vision statement to be a "respected world leader in the field of animal protection and care."



Shadow / Molly said...

The mom signed!

AnyEdge said...

The stray cats, if unfed, will resort to pest control. This is what house cats were bred for. To keep mice, rats, and bugs away from food stores. Let them do their jobs! Quit feeding them.

Mark Kumpf said...

NACA has already revised its Community Cat Management policy which is available on our website at This change and several related articles have appeared in the NACA News and Animal Sheltering Magazine. Simply feeding stray/feral cats does not provide a comprehensive response to the feral/stray cat issue as is mentioned in the policy.

Mark Kumpf
NACA President

Anonymous said...

Anyedge: You don't understand. Cats who eat mice and rats regularly are in danger of rabies and other diseases- thus endangering humans also.Far better to give them fresh water, decent kibble and make sure they've been neutered.