BENEFITING: RESCUE THE ANIMALS INC
Last year the Abilene Animal Shelter adopted out 759 healthy, happy cats. Unfortunately there were many, many more that did not have a chance at happy home. These cats were captured, feral cats that have spent their entire lives on the streets. A lack of human interaction in their early development caused these cats to fear humans. They are considered to be unadoptable. There is a solution to this problem! If these cats are trapped, then neutered or spayed and released back to their "home" territories - they can live out the rest of their natural lives while providing benefits to their human neighbors. Neighborhoods that have an established colony will not have the noise problems of an uneutered population. The colony will also prevent nuisance pests such as rats and mice from creating colonies of their own. We are starting the program with an initial colony of 30 cats. We intend to trap, neuter, and release these cats back to their home colony location. We will work with their human neighbors to educate them on the benefits of keeping their community in place. While 30 cats may sound like a small number that is 30 cats that will not be breeding. Here are some crazy cat facts for you. A healthy cat can have as many as 3 litters per year. The average litter size is 5 kittens. If our 30 cats are evenly divided into male and female and only mate with each other (which is highly unlikely) that gives us a kitten total of 75 kittens per litter. We multiply that by 3 litters/year and we get 225 kittens in one year. Then, we can add another 37 females (from the first litter) that will be ready to mate in that same year. From these females, we add 185 more kittens. Let's add that up: 30 + 225 + 185 = 440 in one year. If we can prevent those 440 cats from entering the shelter it would be a 8% decrease in euthanasias. That's a lot!! Please help us to get this great program off the ground! Your generous donation will provide you with the knowledge that you saved many, many lives!