Cats Vs. Birds Controversy

FFSC's Position

February 11, 2013

Recently an article came out in the New York Times (and was reprinted locally) wherein the Smithsonian Conservative Biology Institute and the Fish and Wildlife Service state that cats, both free-roaming and pets, are responsible for killing 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals each year.

Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County can't speak to where they are getting their 'estimated' figures, or the validity of their data. Our position on this matter, which coincides with our mission, is as follows:

We do not believe in killing one creature to save another. The most humane way of controlling 'community cats' (feral, free-roaming) is through trap, neuter, return - the method we have been using since 1990 when we were founded. We are in complete agreement that:

  1. Free roaming cats kill birds and small mammals - it is in their nature
  2. Indoor-only cats would be healthier, safer and would not impact our environment

This is exactly why we work tirelessly to reduce the free-roaming cat population. We care about ALL living beings - not just cats. This includes the impact that rounding up and killing cats has on us as human beings. Killing (not euthanizing) a viable, healthy, living creature is bad. It's bad for the cat that is terrified up to the point that it is killed and it's bad for the shelter staff who have to house, then kill the cat. These people are members of our community and it's unconscionable to require them to take this action upon innocent creatures, day after day.

If the goal is to figure out what is happening to our world - whether it is a reduction in the bird population or destruction of our planet - we need only look as far as the mirror.

Our goal is to reduce the feral cat population down to zero, but we can't do it alone.

Jennifer Kirchner
Executive Director
(707) 576-7999

Forgotten Felines offers weekly low cost, high quality spay/neuter services for all 'community cats' (free-roaming tame and feral cats). 707 576-7999

Sonoma Humane Society offers weekly low cost, high quality spay/neuter services for all tame, owned cats. 800 427-7973

Sonoma County Animal Care and Control offers weekly low cost, high quality spay/neuter services for dogs. 800 427-7973

Petaluma Animal Shelter (778-7387), Rohnert Park Animal Shelter (584-1582) and Pets Lifeline (996-4577) all offer monthly low cost, high quality spay/neuter services for dogs and cats.

There are NO EXCUSES for any person in the County to have a litter of puppies or kittens. Services are available. One only needs to pick up the phone and take action.

Our Mission: Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County is dedicated to protecting and improving the lives of feral cats through local spay/neuter programs, placement services, community outreach and nationwide education.

Our Vision: Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County is committed to a world where all animals are treated with compassion and respect. We are dedicated to elevating the quality of life of feral cats and ending the pain and suffering of all cats living among us.

Read more about us here.

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  1. What is a feral cat?
  2. Spay/Neuter Clinic for feral cats
  3. How to care for a colony
  4. Being a Colony Caretaker (YouTube video)
  5. How to trap humanely
  6. Humane Trap Sources
  7. How to relocate feral cats
  8. The Right Spot
  9. Screening
  10. Preparation
  11. Trapping for Relocation
  12. Follow Up
  13. How to tame feral cats
  14. Total Ferals
  15. Semi Ferals
  16. Reverted Ferals
  17. Foster Kittens
  18. Colony Caretaker's Thoughts
  19. Cats vs. Birds Controversy