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Posted on 11.28.2012 3:31 p.m.

Got Mice? Homes Needed for Feral Cats That Will Work for Food

Source: Susan Klein-Rothschild for the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

Santa Barbara County Animal Services is seeking homes for feral cats received in the three community animal shelters.

Feral cats are cats that are not socialized and have reverted to a more “wild” state. These cats are not adoptable to the normal household environment.

Animal Services is looking for citizens who can provide safe ranch, warehouse or barn homes for these working cats. All cats are spayed or neutered, up to date with their vaccines and given an overall health check. A yard check and instructions on how to acclimate the cats to their new home will be provided.

These cats are accustomed to foraging for their food, and in many cases prove to be very good at rodent control. Although feral cats are not accustomed to human contact, they can build a bond with the people who are caring for them. Ideal homes should have a barn or shelter for the cats to be protected from the elements as well as predators. Caretakers need to be willing to feed the cats’ everyday and provide them with basic needs.

Feral cats do not do well confined in a shelter setting and must be relocated as soon as possible. Animal Services is calling on the community to help provide for these hardworking cats.

For more information on the feral cat adoption program, call Stacy Silva at 805.934.6981.

— Susan Klein-Rothschild is a public information officer for the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department-Animal Services.

» on 11.28.12 @ 10:58 PM

Don’t you realize that people in rural areas have enough of their own battle with destroying these vermin cats fast enough without you adding to their shooting quotas?

Thanks to criminally irresponsible people like you dumping your cats on farmers and rural residents I had to shoot and bury HUNDREDS of these invasive-species piece-of-sh** vermin over 3 years ago. Luckily the people in the area finally learned their lesson and haven’t imported more for over 3 years. That mythical “missing cats vacuum effect” is a BALD FACED LIE. Simple reason: CATS ATTRACT CATS. Shoot every last one on your land and there’s none there to attract more. Should even ONE cat ever step foot on your land again? Shoot on sight A.S.A.P. Because if you don’t? You’ll be a**-deep in cats again, destroying all wildlife, spreading deadly diseases again, and attracting even more cats or worse—more criminally irresponsible cat-dumpers.

Contrary to these cat-lovers’ lies, feral and stray cats that are dumped DO NOT STAY WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN DUMPED. Even if they return to their roost in the morning, all night long they are out in the countryside annihilating all the valuable native wildlife.

For ANY ONE OF YOU to suggest that you trap feral and stray cats and then dump them off on someone in the country makes you NO LESS CRIMINALLY IRRESPONSIBLE than ANYONE who does the same, if they are sterilized or not! If you do? They get SHOT! GUARANTEED!

A few people in the area thought they could set up cute little “retirement villages” for everyone else’s unwanted cats. Now every last one of their hundreds of cats are shot dead and buried—PERMANENTLY retired.

You think that if you just round them up and dump them off in the country that those cats will live out idyllic bambi-cartoon-lives chasing butterflies. The only thing that re-homed cats catch in the countryside today are well-aimed bullets as soon as they are spotted by anyone with a gun.


Because if you do? I guarantee THEY WILL BE SHOT TO DEATH IF THEY SO MUCH AS STEP ONE PAW ON MY LAND. What’s a few more after shooting hundreds? Try it, see what happens. And everyone in rural areas already knows that this is a perfectly legal way to deal with stray and feral cats—nationwide. All you are doing is adding to someone’s cat-shooting quotas.

Relocation of cats = death to cats. 100% guaranteed!

» on 11.28.12 @ 10:59 PM

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If you advocate for cats as rodent-control on farms and ranches you’ve already doomed them to being destroyed by drowning or shooting when it becomes a financial liability more than any asset. Ranchers and farmers worldwide are fully aware that cats’ Toxoplasma gondii parasite can cause the very same birth defects (hydrocephaly and microcephaly), still-births, and miscarriages in their livestock and important wildlife as it can in pregnant women. Consequently, this is also how this cats’ brain-parasite gets into your meats and onto your dinner-tables, from herbivores ingesting this cat-parasites’ oocysts in the soils, transferred to the plants and grains that they eat. Not even washing your hands in bleach will destroy this parasites’ oocysts if you have contracted it from your garden or yard that a cat has defecated in.

This is why any cats are ROUTINELY destroyed around gestating livestock and wildlife management areas in the most efficient, humane, and least expensive method available. Common rural practice everywhere. The risk of financial loss from dead livestock and important native wildlife from an invasive species cat is far too great to do otherwise. This cats’ parasite is now even killing off rare marine mammals along all coastal regions from run-off containing this cat-parasites’ oocysts.

The next time you bite into that whole-grain veggie-muffin or McBurger, you need to just envision biting down on a shot-dead or drowned kitten or cat. For that’s precisely how that food supply got to your mouth—whether you want to face up to it or not. It’s not going to change reality no matter how much you twist your mind away from the truth of your world.

If you want to blame someone for the drowning and shooting of cats, you need to prosecute yourself—every time you eat.

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