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Please join The Animal Spirit's annual Homeless Animals' Day Online
Candlelight Vigil for 2005.

Visit to light a
candle in honor of feral cats who are killed every day.

After lighting a candle:

* Please make a commitment to educate at least one other person about
the plight of feral cats.

-- Hand out our free brochure that explain the Trap-Neuter-Return
method of helping homeless cats.

-- Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper promoting TNR. See
sample below (please personalize!):


A feral cat is a homeless domestic animal with a strong fear of humans. Ferals exist due to the public's failure to adopt, spay/neuter, and its reluctance to make a lifetime commitment to cats in their care. Killing the victims of such negligence should not be a consideration.

For decades, the public has been apathetic regarding the plight of homeless animals. It is time to take responsibility for the tragedy we have created. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), in conjunction with public education and low-cost spay/neuter clinics, are the only effective methods of assisting feral cats. TNR is an effective program in which cats are trapped, vaccinated, sterilized, and returned to their original location. A feral cat colony caregiver feeds the cats on a regular basis and brings them to a veterinarian if they require medical assistance. The resultant group of cats, including any new cats entering the caregiver's sphere, is known as a managed feral cat colony.

Traditional, agency-run attempts to trap and kill cats have historically resulted in greater numbers -- and greater suffering for that reason alone -- of stray animals, than have well-planned systems to trap, sterilize, and return cats. The latter method stabilizes numbers and facilitates the eventual elimination of colonies of homeless cats.

The public can choose to rely on unethical, ineffective trap and kill plans, or we can work toward our goal by implementing an organized, proven-effective, cost-efficient method of population control.

We can end the tragic cycle of killing.


Don't forget to light your candle:


May all beings be happy.
May all beings be peaceful.
May all beings come to the end of suffering.