The Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation Proudly Introduces AWAKE!
The Solution for all things animal in Hillsborough County, Florida!
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Feral Cat Welfare Policy
Our feral cat policy is based on the AVMA feral cat policy; and considers all priorities including public health, wildlife, and the welfare of cats.
This is the relevant portion of the AVMA Feral Cat Policy:
Encouragement of State and Local Ordinances
The AVMA strongly supports reducing the number of unowned free-roaming abandoned and feral cats through humane capture (with placement in homes where appropriate)… State and local agencies should adopt and enforce ordinances that:
- Prohibit sale or adoption of intact cats by humane organizations and animal control.
- Require licensing, rabies vaccination, and (microchipping) of all cats.
- Encourage that owned cats be kept indoors, in an outdoor enclosure, or on a leash.
- Prohibit public feeding of free-roaming abandoned and feral cats.
Managed Cat Colonies
Should managed cat colonies be established, natural or artificial restrictive barriers should be employed to protect both cats and native wildlife.
If sanctuaries for feral cats exist or are to be built, the AVMA encourages properly designed and maintained facilities. High quality care is imperative and overcrowding must be avoided.
“Free-roaming Abandoned and Feral Cats” (Oversight: AWC & CEI; EB 11/2004; revised 11/05. 06/2009)
The AWAKE! Feral Cat Solution
Trap – Evaluate – Neuter – Vaccinate – Adopt – Contain
- Start in high risk areas – schools, hospitals, nursing homes, etc
- Evaluate includes FIV & Felk testing
- Funding by tag fees/donations
- Adopt / Foster / Kitten Programs where possible
Ordinance change – Stop Outdoor Feeding!
- This is the single biggest problem with TNR!
- Leads to interaction with wildlife
- Increases mating opportunities and disease spread
- Feeding any species always increases the population!