Illinois: HR 1235, in the House Rules Committee, Recognizes Feral Cats
Bill Number: HR 1235
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Sara Feigenholtz
ASPCA Position: Support
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representative asking them to support HR 1235.
HR 1235, in the House Rules Committee recognizes October 16 as
National Feral Cat Day
The ASPCA supports the principle of managed colonies for feral cat
population control until the colony size can be reduced by attrition.
Managed feral colonies should include trapping, vaccination,
neutering/spaying, and permanent identification including
microchipping and ear "tipping"(surgical removal of the tip of one e
as a visible sign that the cat has been sterilized and belongs to a
Feral cats are free-roaming domestic cats who either never were
socialized by humans or have been on their own outdoors and have
reverted to a wild state. Adult feral cats typically cannot be
handled, however the kittens of feral cats may be able to be handled
and socialized if efforts begin when they are only a few weeks of age.
It is estimated that tens of millions of feral cats live in the United
States and gather together in colonies wherever there are reliable
sources of food, water and shelter. At this time, the most humane and
effective strategy for controlling feral cat populations is
trap/neuter/return, or TNR, whereby all the cats in a colony are
trapped, sterilized, and returned to their colony, ideally to be
managed by a caretaker who monitors the animals' health and remains
vigilant that any newcomers are immediately sterilized. This
stabilizes the population of the colony and, over time, reduces it. At
the same time, the objectionable spraying, vocalizing and fighting
behaviors of the colony are largely eliminated.
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