Offering a helping hand to wild cats

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Susan Walter

What an interesting programme from a conservation point of view! As an Australian, I've been aware of the devastation feral cats can achieve amongst the small mammal population for many years, and now I am in an area where one of the last remnant populations of genuine wild cats is just about holding out against hybridisation with domestic / feral cats so I applaud Lynne's efforts. It's not just an animal welfare issue, it's a wildlife conservation issue too.

Lynn Stone

ON a personal level, I have 7 cats who are all kept in the house at night time to try to evade these kind of problems.
A trap-neuter-return programme like we operate in many small villages will control populations of feral cats. If a cul is ordered, not all are caught and so live on to reproduce, many other 'domestic' pets are caught and it just causes a vacuum effect which will eventually be filled by other cats.
In a controlled state, feral cats can live happily and be of beneift to village life.
One interesting fact is that a single female cat can lead to a population of over 2000 cats over a period of 3 years!
Take a look at our website for more facts about our work and to help us out, why not sponsor a cat or make a donation.

Tina Hamilton

May I just say that I really commend all of the good work done by Les Amis des Chats. I have 8 cats (7 came with me from the UK). The eighth was abandoned in our garden and over the time we have been here we have had to hand six others over to the SPA (all tiny kittens - some just thrown over my hedge!).
What is really worrying is that my French neighbours have gathered together eight cats too over recent months, but unlike ours they are not neutured, chipped or vaccinated.
When I approached my neighbours about this they said it was too expensive and did not understand the necessity of paying out such sums for a cat!
Needless to say that there is a lot of education needed here in respect to the responsible keeping of our feline friends :(

Lynn Stone

It is only thanks to our wonderful members, supporters and a fantastic team of volunteers that we are able to work at all. Those 'active' within the charity work tirelessly free of charge in their own time. From those who give a small donation to those who keep the funds under control, who organise the trapping and neutering, who help clean out enclosures to hold those cats for adoption, everyone working together to make us a great working team.
PS Most of our membership is french now, which is just fantatsic!

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