Originally Posted by icklemiss21
As far as getting rid of them, why PTS just because they have always been out alone because someone threw a un-neutered cat out and it bred like nature tells it to. Some can be socialised and the love in a feral when they come to trust you is amazing. I have two I work with in my shelter, for the first time today one of them curled up on my lap and let me stroke her without watching my every move or snapping or cowering when I put my hand near her head, we were all in tears over the progress she is making and she will make a great pet for someone... why doesn't she deserve a chance because she is (was) feral?
I know my post probably wasn't clear on that, but I didn't mean to round up the ferals and put them to sleep. You can end the feral population, by TNR, or trying to socialize and find homes for some of them. I know there are people out there doing that, but the local and city and state governments should get involved also. Yes, it probably would cost more money at first, but in the long run, it would end up saving money, because the over crowding in shelters would go down.
As far as enforcing laws about Required spay and neutering all PET animals, again it would take a bit of money at first, but in the end it would save a lot of lives. They seem to have a budget for dog catchers, so I would think they could also have the dog catchers check out every home for intact pets, and write them a ticket. Maybe not EVERYONE won't abide by the laws, but it will surely cut down the amount of unwanted dogs and cats being born, and I have a feeling that the owner of an intact dog or cat won't be allowing it to roam free, if they knew they could get a big fine if they were caught.
I also don't believe that most people with purebred cats and dogs whether purchased from a BYB or a proper breeder let them roam free as much as people with moggies do. Yes, it does happen, either by intent or by accident, but most of the cats you see loose are moggies.
I think the shelters and rescue groups do a great service to animals, and I applaud what they do. However, I don't believe they should apply breed titles or even breed cross titles to any dog or cat, unless they are 100 percent certain that it is that breed, because chances are, it is NOT that breed, but may look something like that breed. Breed Look A Like is a much better term to use than to say it's a Bengal or a Bengal Cross (they don't KNOW that, so they shouldn't say it) Just call the cat a Bengal look-a-like. It's a much better term, and much more honest.