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To Return or Not to Return
By Christi Metropole
It is that time of year. It’s awful if you are a trapper or kitten tamer. There are so many kittens, not enough foster homes or forever homes. You want to go out and TNR (trap/neuter/return), but you are afraid you will run into litters that you have no place for. Your belief is that all kittens in colonies need to be taken in and adopted, however you have no place so you don't even dare to trap.
You hear of some people who trap and fix kittens and put them back. You are aghast. How can they do that.? Doesn't every kitten deserve a warm, cozy bed? You long for the winter months when there are very few kittens.
It is fine to fix kittens and put them back. I am here to tell you that. It is perfect? No. It is optimal? No. But its practical and its not immoral. Actually, if you go out and TNR cats, you are so far above the moral high ground you have a long way to fall before you are even with the rest of your community. There are some who believe that all kittens should be taken away and some even go as far as to take them to the shelter where their chances of making it out alive are slim to none. We at SCA completely disagree.
And yes some places are safer than others. And yes some colonies are threatened and you need to thin the heard however, the shelters are teaming to the brim with kittens. Some believe its better to TNR all cats and kittens and rescue from the pound where they are sure to die. And yes, some kittens on the streets are sick and need taking in. It’s not black and white, but if not having a foster home for kittens is stopping you from trapping, rest assured, it is ok. You are doing some of the most important animal welfare work there is and its ok to fix kittens and put them back. This is all about progress, not perfection.
May 07, 2011
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