Helping to control the cat population
With all of the options available for humanely trapping animals, there is simply no need to kill them. In many areas, there are problems with feral cats. Shelter workers and volunteers have developed and implemented a plan to help control the population of feral cats. Humane traps are set where feral cats are and once the cat is trapped it is taken to get spayed or neutered. Many places also clip their ear so that people know whether they should just release them or if they need to be neutered or spayed.
According to the ASPCA (2015), “Feral cats are free-roaming domestic cats who were never socialized by humans or have lived outdoors for so long that they have reverted to a wild state.” The trap and release program (TNR) has been the most humane and economically practical way of controlling the feral cats population. Vaccines are also a part of the TNR program helping to prevent future contagious diseases.
If kittens are trapped young before they turn feral which is at about two months they may have a chance to be domesticated and adopted out. That is the best case scenario. At the very least the stray cat population is being controlled by thousands of volunteers. The cats are never put down. They are just fixed so that they cannot reproduce. There are thousands of animals killed daily in animal shelters across America, so it is important to try to control that population. This is alright for the cat population, however, it may not be the best option for other species.
Wildlife that has become accustomed to urban life may appear to pose a threat to a homeowner. It is important for the homeowner to be patient and take for granted that the raccoon, squirrel, or even a skunk is a mother who needs a safe place for her babies for a short period of time. The trap and release option may seem like a good idea, however, it can do a lot more harm than good.
Animals who are trapped and then released rarely make it out in the wild in unfamiliar territory. Often times, they die and if they had babies and were removed the babies most likely died too. Sometimes, the best option is to wait it out. Once the den mother has fulfilled their purpose they will move on to another place. When they move on make the necessary repairs to the house in order to keep them out in the future. This is the best option if you are looking to humanely ensure the animals stay alive.