We are students, staff and faculty members,
cramped into a tiny room in front of a computer watching kitty videos, who care about the homeless cats.
Ever strolled on campus and noticed a cat walking next to you like a king in his castle?
That’s because we have quite a few strays. You might feel like they are random visitors, but you are mistaken. All you night-class-heroes know what we are talking about: when the sun goes down and the students are tugged away in their beds (
party like there is no tomorrow), kitties come out from all over the place, reclaiming their kingdom.
At STC Pecan Campus, there is a large feline colony, something that is not the exception but rather an everyday problem in the Rio Grande Valley. We bet all of you can name a hot spot heavily occupied by stray cats.
Why are there so many? We are a poor county. Frankly, a lot of people have their hands full with minor “duties” such as putting food on their table and getting the electricity bill paid.
And then there is the infamous machismo, the eyebrow lifting reaction you get from traditional folks when you suggest to neuter a male cat. All comes together like raindrops in a cloud, and we have a lot of stray cats, that will never have a chance in their life to find a dry place to call home. Some of these cats are incurably sick with FelV and FIV, diseases that spread with activities such as mating, biting, and fighting. Many of the cats are malnourished. Almost all have an incredibly tough life that you do not want to wish to your worst enemy.
This is where we come in.
2. The important Stuff
Cat on Campus wants to keep the feline population at the STC campus in good shape by actively performing TNR (trap-neuter-return) the stray cats, by feeding them and helping to create an environment where cats and humans can coexist with each other in healthy and acceptable way. TNR is our major weapon. TNR means we catch the stray cat, have him or her neutered and then return the cat back to the colony.
- A neutered male cat keeps his territory clean from other male cats, thus protecting the female cats from getting pregnant. (Think of it as a semi-reliable birth control –uhm– method.)
- A neutered female cat does not attract male cats and does not trigger violent fights.
- By neutering our feline co-students, we reduce the number of kittens being born. We reduce the number of kittens dying of an unnecessary and painful death because their momma cat is overwhelmed and does not find enough food for herself, less alone for her babies.
- We reduce the fighting and stress within our colony, and, on top of it, we reduce the chances of diseases being transmitted.
3. In a Nutshell, this is what we want:
- Perform TNR (or rather pay a veterinarian to do the job)
- Establish Feeding Stations
- Be a shiny example for how to handle feline overpopulation in the community.
- Educate Students and Staff.
- Recruit Volunteers