Today I was in Maxi Zoo to get some cat food. As often on a Saturday the people from Feral Cats Limerick were there with some beautiful kittens.
They do brilliant work in caring for feral cats that live around Limerick.
Feral cats need care as well. I will copy their statement here so you know what they are about. They have a website as well as a Facebook page. On the Facebook page you can read all about feral cats Limerick and feral cats in Ireland in the "about" section. You can also find a donate button on the Facebook page and if you ever see them in Maxi Zoo in the Ballysimon retail park (from September on every first Saturday of the month), or at the Clondrinagh car boot sale every Sunday, you can give them a donation there as well. The money is used to pay for neutering/spaying, medication, food and care. They also bring cats that need rehoming.
This is their Mission statement:
The distinction made between feral cats and pet cats is an artificial one. They are one species, identical in every way. Feral cats only differ in their fear of people. We believe feral cats deserve the same care and compassion granted to pet cats. The welfare of feral cats is no less important and they have the same right to life. Feral cats are not self-sufficient, and without human help, they can suffer greatly. We believe in TNR (trap, neuter and release) as the kindest and most effective solution to stop this cycle of suffering. The five rights listed below represent the basic principles that guide our efforts on behalf of feral cats.
Feral Cats’ Bill Of Rights
The right to have their individual lives cherished and protected.
The right to live free from cruelty and abuse.
The right to aid and comfort, including food, water, shelter, and medical care.
The right to a fair share of the welfare resources available for the care and treatment of companion animals.
The right to be represented accurately and humanely by those who speak on their behalf.
Limerick Feral Cats support Limerick communities and individuals who wish to help feral cats in their area, primarily through TNR - the trap, neuter and return of feral cats to their home location. We work hard to find good farm homes for neutered, healthy feral cats if they are unwanted. We also take the young kittens of feral cats into our homes to tame them and give them all the veterinary treatment they need before finding new homes for them.
Limerick Feral Cats want to bring together and coordinate people like us who live around Limerick and who are already doing something similar. Together we can raise awareness of the plight of feral cats living amongst us here in Limerick. One of our core aims is to promote TNR as a humane, effective solution to feral cat over-population.
Our TNR programs require fundraising, volunteers to help trap the cats and volunteers to help transport the cats. Donations of money, time, transport and traps are most welcome."