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If you’ve spent any time at a college or university lately, you may have spotted a fair number of homeless cats living on campus property. These cats may have come from the surrounding communities, seeking food and shelter on campus grounds. Some of them may also be the abandoned pets of students and other campus residents who have moved on without their cats. Whatever the reason, campus cats are a reality at many colleges and universities around the U.S., which is why the Cats on Campus Program was created by Alley Cat Allies.
The Cats on Campus Program offers support and assistance to concerned members of the college community looking to make a difference in the lives of these homeless cats. In the past, universities would often trap the cats and take them to the local animal control agency to be euthanized. Cats on Campus advocates for the more humane approach of trap-neuter-return (TNR), which spays and neuters campus cats, brings them back, and then provides them with food, water, and shelter.
Feral cat advocates at a number of U.S. universities have successfully implemented the Cats on Campus Program, including Texas A&M, UC Davis, Stanford, the University of Texas at Austin, and Towson (which has an adorably named group called the Tiny Tigers).
Interested in implementing a TNR program at your school? You can check out the website of Alley Cat Allies for lots of practical information (including step by step instructions) on how to work with administrators, veterinarians, and volunteers to successfully set up a Cats on Campus Program at your college.
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