Birth. Life. Death. That's the circle of life, right?
Do you recognize that we have not just the ability, but a 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒊𝒃𝒊𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒚 to help ensure that lives are better- no matter the species- and that deaths are not happening in vain? If you answered yes, and are a part of the foster/animal rescue community, then hopefully you're also involved with TNR in some way.
This little girl came to me from my friend (and bad ass cat lady) @heatherlynn8209 yesterday. She was lacking in basically any fur on her belly/chest at all, her feet were almost totally bald, she weighed in at only 67g and she had an overall 'wrinkled look'- all signs of a preemie. Sadly, despite supportive care she didn't make it through the day.
She, like hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of kittens this year, was born to an outside cat that has not yet been TNR'd. According to the US Humane Society, approximately only 2% of the 30 to 40 million feral and stray cats have been spayed or neutered. The 98% of "intact" cats produce around 80% of the kittens born in the U.S. each year. We HAVE to do better, and we can.
When I first started to foster, I would accept a bottle baby and not ask where it came from beyond "Are there more I should know about?".... Now, I follow up. I make sure that there aren't any more, but I also help the feeders or just the local neighborhood people find TNR groups and resources to ensure that they cycle stops there. And I follow up to make sure that it happens- if I don't here back, I reach out to those areas and ask personally ensure that trapping is happening in that area.
Fostering is amazing, and don't get me wrong, I absolutely love it. But wouldn't it be even more amazing if we weren't quite so needed? If there weren't so many kittens being born on the streets?
Looking for more information on TNR? I highly suggest checking out the following pages on IG: @myfosterkittens @the_original_trapking @catmanofwestoakland
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