There are an estimated 185,000 cats living on the streets of Baltimore.
You can help do something about it.
Most people don't even notice they're there -- the shadowy, low-slung figures that melt into dark corners in alleys, duck under cars, or disappear down storm drains. These are the forgotten cats of Baltimore. The strays, abandoned pets, and feral cats who try to scratch out a living by foraging through trash cans and living in abandoned houses.
The scope of the problem is so vast it can be overwhelming, leading many pet lovers to just look away when they see a scraggly cat hiding under a car on the street, thinking that they're powerless to help.
But you CAN help.
We need Baltimore's pet lovers to become proactively involved in addressing the problem of homeless and feral pets in the city. You don't need to rescue every stray animal you see. (Although we hope you might consider adopting one, if you're ever looking for a pet!) There are dozens of small, but invaluably helpful, ways that we can all chip in -- and you don't even need to live in Baltimore!
- Help distribute information about low-cost spay/neuter services
- Volunteer to help collect feral cats so they can be spayed or neutered
- Foster a rescued stray cat from your neighborhood while it awaits adoption
- Help obtain donated supplies for rescue groups
- "Sponsor" a cat in a feral colony so a rescue group can have it spayed or neutered
- Transport pets to spay/neuter clinics for low-income owners without their own transportation
- Help build simple outdoor cat shelters for rescue groups
- Offer use of an empty storage building for a few days to house crated feral cats recovering from spay/neuter surgery
- Educate property owners/managers at sites where stray/feral cats need to be managed
Reducing the number of stray animals on the street improves our communities and makes Baltimore a more liveable city. It also encourages individuals to get involved in their own neighborhoods and promotes a sense of caring and compassion, something the world can always use more of.
Whether you want to organize a large-scale neighborhood feral cat trap-neuter-return project or just rescue one individual stray cat, we want to provide the tools and resources for you to get involved. No city agency or rescue group can solve the problem alone, but harnessing the energy of all Maryland's pet lovers just might!
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