Six weeks ago I broke down an brought cat food, and put a can outside. Three weeks ago "Cat" followed me into my apartment through an open door. I then decided I could no longer see her struggle through another winter. I tried to find her a home while she enjoyed my home and a full belly. When I couldn't and was faced with having her go back outside, I took her to the Humane Society for re-homing. What happened next put me in tears for two weeks, and on a search to the answer to the question why.
I was informed that since 2007 the Humane Society has been using a program called Trap-Neuter-Return, based on programs that have popped up in Europe over the years. When they find a left behind cat(or one turned in), they trap it, neuter, and return it to the "wild". In other words they return it to the neighborhood that it was picked up in. I was shocked. There was no concern about weather, food, danger, rabies shots, or sickness. More than one person talked to me(a group did)and stood by the belief that this practice was preferable to euthanasia.
The were so proud of what they where doing they discussed many of the cat colonies around the city. Since the cats where neutered they maintained, they should be able to live out their lives. No answers where give as to shots(rabies)food, danger(dogs,cars,bigger animals)or weather. That didn't matter, just as long as they get to live out their lives.They had taken "Cat" and informed me that since she was in the program(notched ear I didnt notice) and had been returned, if not found a home, would be "put to sleep". I was horrified. They did not give her back.
I went home and researched the program they where referring too. The program started in 2007 and since then more than eleven thousand cats have been trapped(or brought in), neutered and returned to the "wild". I checked with Peta and they are against the program since it is cruel in a most basic manner. I also check with the CDC and since these programs have become wide spread, cats now are considered the number one carrier of rabies.
I was taught to respect animals. That it was humane to NOT let an animal suffer. What is humane to allow any animal to starve, freeze, suffer disease, or be killed by a dog, car, or other wild life?. So we don't euthanasia them, but release them into the "wild" and get to smile with the thought that they live in a Never-Never land of human good will and love. Never looking to closely at the reality of what we have condemned them too. I came home shocked, and so upset I cried. I had given "Cat" to be delivered up on the altar of Political Correctness gone amok. I am still upset because of my actions "Cat" might never been re homed. I understand from the Humane Society that some people will drop off food for them. But what about warmth, free from predators or disease, and most importantly....what about Love?