The Great Outdoors? Not for Cats!
Some animal shelters manipulate their euthanasia statistics by instituting policies that leave animals to struggle for survival and die painfully on the streets.
So-called "trap-neuter-release" (TNR) programs—or, more accurately, "trap-neuter-reabandon" programs—may allow shelters to spin intake and euthanasia numbers, but they do almost nothing to protect cats from the horrors that befall them when left outdoors to battle harsh surroundings, sickness, and sadistic people.
While countless cats who are left outdoors without protection die from infected wounds and injuries (even small abscesses and common urinary tract infections become raging and deadly for unsocialized cats who cannot be handled and treated), contagious diseases, starvation, dehydration, freezing, heatstroke, and attacks by dogs and other predators, as well as from being hit by vehicles or ravaged by parasites, many cats are poisoned, shot, or killed in some other cruel way by those who consider them a nuisance or are simply sadists.
Right or wrong, many property and business owners do not want cats on their property. Some individuals dislike cats and intentionally harm them. Because of the many deadly hazards that befall cats outdoors, responsible guardians allow their feline companions outdoors only when on a leash, in an enclosed area (such as a screened porch), or closely supervised.
So many people become upset by roaming cats that legislation was introduced in Wisconsin and Utah to make it legal to hunt and kill domestic cats!
The bills failed, thanks to an outcry from animal activists and compassionate citizens, but that they were introduced at all should serve as a wake-up call for those who care about cats—they are not safe outdoors unattended.
April 2013/Auburn, New York: The Citizen reported that a cat allowed to roam outdoors was shot and paralyzed in front of his home. The cat had to be euthanized because of the extent of his injuries. There are no suspects in the case.
March 2013/Woodland, California: A cat left outside was paralyzed after being shot with a pellet gun by an unknown assailant. Despite medical treatment, the cat died—unassisted—as a result of her injuries at her guardians' home.