By Terri Bradbury
A trap has been donated by a generous person who cares deeply about the masses of kittens being born in RVA with no homes to call their own.
As you may or may not know, there are cats having kittens in epidemic proportions in RVA; local shelters and rescues have been completely overwhelmed and have had to turn many away. As a result many kittens are abandoned, a terrifying and stressful experience that often leads to death. Or they’re given to strangers who respond to online ads with assurances the kitten will be going to a great home when in reality the kitten may now be in the hands of a dog fighter, a hoarder, a mentally sick individual planning to hurt them or someone who needs a meal for their reptile.
If you know of or are feeding feral cats without a tip missing from their ear or have seen kittens, they likely need to be TNR’d (Trapped, Neutered, Released.) We need to work together to prevent more unwanted kittens who often live a short and stressful existence. Feral cats typically live an average of 3&1/2 years as opposed to those kept as pets who live an average of 15 years – and of course their quality of life is vastly different.
Please reach out if you’d like to borrow the trap* and/or have seen kittens that may need help. There are resources available to get them spayed/neutered at no cost once trapped and to help underage, sick or injured felines.
*deposit required to borrow and fully refunded upon return