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January 03, 2014

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Lisa Garr

I totally agree, Ms. Starr...feral cats are quite capable of caring for themselves save for controlling their population, which the TNR program takes care of admirably. I live in south Florida , and we do have an overpopulation problem in certain areas, but it is not to suggest that these animals do not live good lives, especially in our warm climate. Individuals who care for this population selflessly have their ferals neutered and immunized, but I am unaware of a formal program in my area that will do that. A TNR program in our area would be a viable solution to our problem without having ferals stuffed into already crowded shelters, to be put down when they aren't adopted. Thank you for your tireless work in the area of animal care and protection.

Peggy Lynch

Thank you Robin Starr for being the voice of reason. TNR embodies, compassion, common sense and good public policy.

Sue Bell, Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

Most would agree that "animal advocacy" does not start and end with needless euthanasia. So attributing any expertise to Ms. Nachminovitch is irresponsible and in poor journalistic taste.

There are many tools in the box for the humane treatment of feral cats. TNR has proven as a successful one. It may not be the easy solution (like rounding up feral animals and killing them) but it is a humane, thoughtful one.

Shame on PETA and its supporters for continuing to call themselves "animal advocates" when all they really advocate for is killing.

kathie vogel

TNS is a terrific program! Now that Peta has had their say,,,, can you now be allowed the same? Why IRS has not closed them down is beyond me! 501c non-profits are not supposed to lobby!

Molly

Robin Robertson Starr, you have hit the nail on the head. I am so tired of PETA advocates spouting the baloney that feral cats should be killed. While lone cats, not living in colonies and not tended to by a person might have a harder time, it is usually the dumped PET cats that are the ones that do not survive well outside of a home.
Feral kitties much prefer the company of cats and independence of outdoor living. Thank you for countering PETA's nonsensical propaganda.

Maureen Snyder

I completely agree with Ms. Starr that we need more correct info to get out to the public & that the TNR programs work very well & the ferals that are released do fair well. I have a cat that was a feral kitten trapped with her two siblings & her mother, the mother was spayed & vaccinated and released back into the colony while the kittens were rehabilitated & found forever homes. It takes time, understanding, & patience but there are a large number of rescues committed to just that working on controlling the numbers in the existing colonies from growing but not killing any of them, TNR & let them live out their lives in their colonies were they are used to being..considering how much PETA blasts the killing of animals I would think they would've done better research before claiming to be an expert on this matter that they obviously don't have the proper info on!!

Russell Bergeron

God did not Create dumb animals. i can for many Community Cats . They do well ... even better when someone watches out for them. Was -7 here last night ........ they lived. So PETA ...... i say to you ... LEAVE the FERALS ALONE. if you can't help ... leave it.

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