Right now in communities across the country, millions of cats are being senselessly rounded up and killed. Virtually all of these cats are “euthanized” (killed!) -- because they aren’t adoptable.
Seven of ten cats in shelters are killed, and virtually all captured outdoor cats are killed.
Outdoor cats, sometimes called “feral” or “community” cats, live in family groups called colonies in urban alleys, city parks, and rural areas. They are part of the natural landscape.
Some people believe cats just don’t belong outdoors, that they live miserable lives there, and that they’re responsible for the decline of bird and wildlife populations. But it doesn’t add up.
Research shows they do not suffer harsh lives or pose a health risk to other cats. Most importantly, feral cats are neither breeding grounds for disease, nor a health threat to the communities in which they live.
Studies agree that human activities -- climate change, habitat destruction and pollution -- are the real culprits when some bird populations decline. That's why killing cats will never save birds.
Science shows cats are not to blame -- studies indicate that cats play important roles in balancing the local ecosystem.
Catch and kill is a futile effort that has failed for decades --- with hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars wasted and, worse, millions of healthy cats killed. The mass killing of cats is wasteful, cruel, and unethical. It's not the answer.
Rounding up and killing cats does not decrease the outdoor cat population. It actually has the opposite effect, as removing cats creates a disastrous “vacuum effect” — other cats simply relocate to take advantage of the now-available resources like food and shelter, and the breeding continues.