Feral or wild cats are to be found
throughout Ireland. There are estimated to be hundreds of
thousands of these cats struggling to survive, often under the
most intolerable conditions.
Most of these wild cats are descended from
domestic cats that have been abandoned when their owners moved
house or died. They become wild in order to survive. As ‘Feral
Cats Ireland’ states ‘we have created this crisis’ and
‘the most effective way to address the issue of
uncontrolled breeding’ is to Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR).
When it is not possible to return wild cats to the area from
which they were captured they can be released in another safe
Feral Cats Ireland’ further states
‘Feral cats have the right to live long, healthy safe and
peaceful lives in their territories without the burden of
breeding or threat of death. TNR offers them this opportunity’
An Cat Dubh subscribes to this belief.
Below are some of the 23 feral cats caught, neutered and
released by this sanctuary.