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For every cat who has a lap to sit on and a warm place to sleep at night, there’s another who fends for itself in the streets. We are a nation obsessed with cats – real cats, Internet cats, all things cats. But cats on the street, the cats we call stray or feral, largely go unnoticed by most.
As a nation fueled by our compassion for animals, we need to better address the crisis of 90 million stray or “feral” cats. Cats roam in every village, town and city, in backyards, near restaurants, along ports, under boardwalks. They are EVERYWHERE but mostly invisible.
In Catnip Nation, an hour-long documentary, we will explore the dichotomy between our beloved, cherished pet cats, and the equal number who live on the streets. The ASPCA puts the number at 90 million apiece. On top of that, 1.4 million cats are euthanized in shelters annually – at a rate of 70%.
In our film, we will look at the unsung heroes who do what they can to ease the lives of homeless felines – from those who are managing organized cat colonies using Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) programs to reduce populations, to individuals who work alone to make improve the life of one or a half dozen cats.
TNR programs have been taking hold in communities across the nation over the past three decades. Statistical data suggests phasing out colonies via neutering is a more humane solution for feral cats than carting them off to shelters, which guarantees a death sentence. TNR generally requires consensus among cat colony caretakers, neighbors, and local officials. TNR programs often start with success but over time sentiment among neighbors, proposed development, or a change in political winds turns the tide, and the different sides find themselves at odds.
Animal activists will do anything to keep cats from shelters, but when a TNR program is disbanded, or a town board imposes a feeding ban, it sets the stage for cats to be rounded up and taken away.
In an ideal world, every cat would have a lap and a warm bed and a clean bowl of water. But we cannot phase out feral cat colonies until:
1. More people know about them
2. Pressure is put on governing bodies to create humane laws
3. There are funding sources to help TNR teams do their jobs
Help us make the film Catnip Nation to spread awareness on this issue. Let’s get people to connect the joy they feel when they watch a cat video with the suffering that cats on the street endure. If enough people step up, we can change this. Please join our campaign. Let’s be a nation that lives up to Mahatma Gandhi’s notion: “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way it its animals are treated”.