Attack of the Alien Invaders, National Geographic Magazine: Carrying And Caring For Cats

Young woman holds adult cat in labratory of clinic.

Volunteers open up the clinic to care for homeless felines at Caring for Cats, an all volunteer, no-kill shelter and foster network for cats and kittens in Islamorada, Florida. Domestic cats that are abandoned or lost adapt and live in the wild in the regions warm climate.

Feral cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, tested for feline AIDS and leukemia, and their left ear is clipped to show they’ve been caught. Then they are released (or adopted if possible) and fed by volunteers.

Veterinarian Elton J. Gissendanner travels to eight clinics in South Florida and the Keys trying to help curb the escalating numbers of cats. He estimates there are 10,000 feral cats in the Keys. It is estimated that there are tens of millions of feral cats in the U.S. that have been abadoned or lost in the wild.

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