Smithtown Rescue Guardians Create Cattery For Wild Cats
SMITHTOWN, NY – Guardians of Rescue, a Smithtown-based nonprofit, has established a cattery for wild cats to provide them with a safe space, according to a press release. Saturday marks National Wildcat Day.
There are 32 million feral cats in the United States, 76% of which are in urban areas, according to a National Feline Research Council figure cited by Guardians of Rescue.
âWe know these animals need help and we want to do everything in our power to help those who need it,â said Robert Misseri, president and co-founder of Guardians of Rescue. âThere are ways for community members to get involved to help as well, and we need them to do that, even if it’s just donating a few dollars to support our mission. “
Life on the streets is difficult for any cat, but it becomes even more difficult for those suffering from injuries, old age or health issues, Guardians of Rescue said.
âFeral cats don’t choose to be homeless, but the growing problem cannot be resolved simply by placing at-risk cats in a typical home,â the organization wrote.
Guardians of Rescue’s solution was to create Feral Freedom: a cattery that offered the security of being groomed without taking away a cat’s sense of freedom.
For cats, the streets are a brutal fight for survival, according to Guardians of Rescue. Many cats find themselves living among other feral cats and forming a colony, which causes them to be suspicious of people. Many feral cats have been victims of cruelty and / or neglect and are not adapting well to confinement, the organization said.
The cattery is intended to maintain the ability of cats to roam and live on their terms by providing grounds with grass, trees and access to air-conditioned “catdominiums” for warmth and a comfortable space to rest. .
âWithout this environment, cats in need of the protection of Feral Freedom would face a very bleak future,â Guardians of Rescue said.
The cattery is in a private location, as the organization does not want people to drop unwanted chats.
Some residents of the cattery include Ocean, a wild cat who has lost his sight; Tiger, who was dumped by someone in the freezing temperatures of February and is declawed with no way to defend himself; and Tara, an elderly cat who needs a special diet to survive and who was once someone’s pet and probably got lost. Tara arrived at Guardians of Rescue with only a few teeth and in poor health, the organization wrote.
A feral cat is a cat that has not been socialized with humans, that lives outdoors, and is usually found in a colony. Many of the colony’s feral cats were born there, while others may be stray or lost animals that have made their way into the colony.
There are things people can do to help feral cats, according to Guardians of Rescue, including:
- Help avoid overcrowding issues by making sure your cat has been spayed or neutered.
- Work with your local feral cat society. Many communities have a group of volunteers who help the cats, some providing food, veterinary care, spaying and more. There are many trap-sterilization-return programs run with volunteer help and community support. Wild cats that have been spayed or neutered usually have a notched ear.
- Support organizations that provide help to feral cats, like Guardians of Rescue. Their cattery provides all the care that at-risk feral cats need, but there are costs involved that supporters can help.
- Volunteer at your local animal shelter to help socialize the feral kittens brought in, so they can be adopted by people.
- Learn about wild and outdoor cats and share the information with your friends and family.
âWe love that we can do things like this to help animals in need,â Misseri said. âWe are grateful to those who donate to support our mission. We couldn’t do what we do without the help of those who support us, so thank you! “
Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals on the streets and investigates cases of animal cruelty. He’s located in Smithtown, but he helps animals in many places across the country. He also helps the military with their pets. Donations can be made on the organization’s website.