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Killing the Problem, Not the Cats

Did you know that female cats as young as five months can experience a heat cycle? Starting at that tender age, a female could bear two litters before she is even considered to be an adult cat. A male could father hundreds of kittens before his first birthday.

A pair of breeding cats, which can have two or more litters per year, can exponentially produce 420,000 offspring over a seven-year period. Contrary to popular belief, abandoned, domestic cats do not automatically return to their “natural” instincts and cannot fend for themselves. They die slowly, scavenging for food and dodging predators - other animals and humans. But before death’s intervention, unaltered domestic cats can produce thousands of wild, or feral kittens.

The feline overpopulation in the Tampa Bay area is enormous. Awareness programs have educated and helped thousands of individuals and rescue groups curb the exploding population. But, the problem will not be conquered without a larger effort to educate and change the minds of people who control, govern, and administer policies that control the lives (or deaths) of domestic and feral cats. Persuading them of the efficacy of non-lethal population control methods is the only way, in the long-term, to end our appalling crisis of companion animal slaughter - both pet and feral. This immense undertaking began in 1990. Alley Cat Allies (ACA) formed to promote non-lethal feral cat control through trap/neuter/return and long-term supervision of colonies.

For more information, contact ACA at: Tel: (202) 667-3630. / Fax: (202) 667- 3640 / E-mail: alleycat@alleycat. org. Mail to: Alley Cat Allies, 1801 Belmont Road NW - Suite 201, Washington, DC 20009 Presented by Deborah Prisco, Owner, Shoppe By The Lake (727) 843-0055, volunteer for ACA.


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