People have always felt an urge to feed a stray cat. Many of us have a deep affinity – even an obsession – with cats. We certainly do. Look at cats in commercials, cartoons, and on the Internet. We are very taken with cats indeed!
Yet so much work is needed to improve conditions for feral (or stray) cats everywhere. Under-funded shelters cannot keep up with demand, and public opinion no longer sanctions euthanasia. Burgeoning cat populations can be reduced through Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) programs, which phases out cat colonies and reduces kitten births. Many colony caretakers, and others who take in strays, are trying to do this thankless job. Too often, instead of being thanked or helped or funded by government, these heroes are discouraged, harassed and even persecuted.
Catnip Nation, a one-hour documentary that’s still in production, brings us up close and personal with very special animal advocates who are in the trenches.
Not only are they doing the gritty, demanding work – they are endeavoring to bring the subject to light. Our heroes typically work in the shadows or with no government support. This needs to change because the over-population of cats is a public issue. While colony management is best practice, it is volatile, subject to threats of unhappy neighbors, unfriendly or changing political policies, and entrapment. We need uniform legislation to deal with feral cats.
We are asking for your help to complete this documentary. Donations with pay for shooting and post-production.
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Last updated: Jan. 2, 2017