Louise Holton, ACR's founder and president was interviewed by The Sentinel on feral cats and TNR. Holton explained how the declining economy has greatly affected cats (and dogs) and has put a growing burden on animal shelters.
Individuals are losing their homes and cannot put food on their plates, let alone continue to care for their companion animals. To make matters worse, no one wants to relinquish their pets to kill shelters and no-kill shelters are overwhelmed, so many, desperately abandon their animals hoping they will find new homes and take care of themselves. Unfortunately, many of these oust cats are not sterilized and go on to join feral colonies or form new ones by continuously breeding. Sadly, it is a never-ending cycle that is worsening due to the economy. Fortunately, organizations like ACR are doing their best to sterilize and find homes for as many cats as possible.
To read Holton's interview that appeared in Wednesday's issue, please follow this link: http://www.thesentinel.com/pgs/Search/alley-cat-rescue