God’s Feral Felines Working to Reduce Feral Cat Population

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Humane Society estimates the number of feral cats in the U.S. to be around 50 million. One group is tackling the issue head on in cities across Marshall County.

We received a nomination about Pam Keck, the founder of God’s Feral Felines.

David Currey wrote, “Pam Keck and her volunteers are trapping feral cats and local vets are spaying and neutering them and giving them rabies vaccinations. Then, they are returned to where they were trapped. Please Pay it Forward to Mrs. Keck. She deserves all the help she can get.”

WHNT NEWS 19 surprised Keck at Spring Creek Animal Clinic, which is one of the vet offices that she partners with in Guntersville.

“Oh my heaven!” Keck shouted after receiving $319. “That’s fabulous.”

Keck started God’s Feral Felines in October of 2013. Since then, Keck and her volunteers have been busy.

“Right now, we’re up to 95,” said Keck.

Ninety-five trapped feral cats and counting. They bring the cats to veterinarians that spay and neuter the cats at a discounted price. The group has partnerships with several vet offices in Marshall County.

“I’m excited about 95, but I wish it was more,” said Keck.

They could do more, with extra hands.

“Right now, it’s just two of us doing the trapping,” explained Keck. “We’re trying to get some volunteers that would be willing to trap some of the areas like Albertville and Boaz.”

More donations would help too.

“We want people to know when they’re donating to us, that money is going to the cats.”

Keck says the $319 is enough money to cover the cost of neutering seven male cats. They really target male feral cats because that cuts down on the amount of litters.

8 comments

  • Woodsman001

    The TNR CON-GAME

    FACT: Trap & Kill failed because cats cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control.

    FACT: Trap, Neuter, & Re-Abandon (TNR) is an even bigger abject failure because these man-made ecological disasters cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control, and they also continue to cruelly annihilate all native wildlife (from the smallest of prey up to the top predators that are starved to death), and the cats continue to spread many deadly diseases that they carry today — FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO VACCINES AGAINST THEM. Many of which are even listed as bioterrorism agents. (Such as Tularemia and The Plague — Yes, people have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA. No fleas nor rats even required. The cats themselves carry and transmit the plague all on their own.)

    FACT: Hunted To Extinction (or in this case, extirpation of all outdoor cats) is the ONLY method that is faster than a species like cats can exponentially out-breed and out-adapt to. Especially a man-made invasive species like these cats that can breed 2X-4X’s faster than any naturally occurring cat-species.

    FACT: THERE IS ABSOLUTELY _NOTHING_ HUMANE ABOUT TNR. Nearly every last TNR’ed cat dies an inhumane death by road-kill, from cat and animal attacks, environmental poisons, starvation, dehydration, freezing to death, infections, eaten from the inside-out by parasites, etc. And if very very lucky humanely shot to death or re-trapped and drowned (the two most common methods employed on all farms and ranches to protect their gestating livestock’s offspring and valuable native wildlife dying from cats’ Toxoplasmosis parasites). This doesn’t begin to count the thousands of defenseless native animals that cats skin alive and disembowel alive for their daily and hourly play-toys. And pitting cat against cat to fight-to-the-death for territory is ABSOLUTELY NO DIFFERENT than those who run criminal dog-fight rings to see who wins. They spend YEARS in jail. IT IS A HIGHLY PUNISHABLE CRIME TO FORCE *ANY* DOMESTICATED ANIMALS TO FIGHT EACH OTHER FOR THEIR VERY SURVIVAL.

    FACT: The only difference in destroying cats immediately and humanely instead of trapping, sterilizing, then releasing them to an inhumane death and forcing them to fight-to-the-death for survival; is that money isn’t going into Becky Robinson’s Alley-Cat-All-Lies pocket, or an HSUS or SPCA board-member’s pocket, veterinarian’s pocket, cat-food company CEO’s pocket, or a drug-company CEO’s pocket. And that’s the ONLY difference! Support yet another organization that exploits and perpetuates the suffering of animals for their own personal financial gain, then try to sleep well at night.

    FACT: These manipulative, deceptive, and deceitful TNR proponents are now clipping cats ears ONLY. WITHOUT vaccinations nor sterilizing them. They do this to save money and protect their outdoor hoarded cat colonies from being trapped and euthanized by the state because the clipped-ear shows officials that they have been sterilized and vaccinated. Why pay $140 for each cat and all that time when just a trap and a simple snip of scissors on each one can also protect their hoarded cats from being destroyed? (I have absolute proof of this.)

    FACT: Cats are a man-made (through selective breeding) invasive species. And as such, are no less of a man-made environmental disaster than any other caused by man. Cats are even worse than an oil-spill of continent-sized proportions. They not only kill off rare and endangered marine-mammals along all coastlines from run-off carrying cats’ Toxoplasma gondii parasites, they destroy the complete food-chain in every ecosystem where cats are found. From smallest of prey gutted and skinned alive for cats’ tortured play-toys, up to the top predators that are starved to death from cats destroying their ONLY food sources. (Precisely what cats caused on my own lands not long ago.)

    FACT: In _SIXTEEN_YEARS_ Alley Cat ALL-LIES branch of NYC have only reduced feral cats in their own city by 0.08% to 0.024% (as the months go on that percentage becomes more insignificant), allowing more than 99.92% to 99.976% to exponentially breed out of control. Here’s how Alley-Cat-ALL-LIES’ deceptive math works: If you TNR 4 cats and 3 get flattened by cars this translates to 75% fewer feral-cats everywhere. Alley Cat ALL-LIES of NYC can’t even reduce cats in their own city, yet they promote it as a worldwide solution. Then even bigger fools fall for it and promote it.

    FACT: When researching over 100 of the most “successful” TNR programs worldwide, JUST ONE trapped more than 0.4%. Oregon’s 50,000 TNR’ed cats (the highest rate I found) is 4.9% of all ferals in their state. Yet, by applying population growth calculus on the unsterilized 95.1% they will have trapped only 0.35% of all cats in their state sometime this year. Less than 0.4% is a far cry from the required 75%-85% to be the least bit effective.

    FACT: Their mythical “vacuum effect” is a 100% LIE. A study done by the Texas A&M University proved that any perceived “vacuum” is just the simple case that CATS ATTRACT CATS. Get rid of them all and there are no cats there to attract more. I proved this myself by shooting and burying hundreds of them on my own lands. ZERO cats replaced them FOR OVER FOUR YEARS NOW. If you want more cats, keep even one of them around, more will find you. That university study also found that sterilized cats very poorly defend any territory. Non-sterilized cats, being more aggressive, take over the sterilized cats’ resources (shelter & food if any). If there is any kind of “vacuum effect” at all, it is that sterilizing cats cause non-sterilized cats to restore the reproductive void.

    FACT: During all this investigation I have discovered something that is unfaltering without fail. Something that you can bet your very life on and win every last time. That being — IF A TNR CAT-HOARDER IS TALKING THEN THEY ARE LYING. 100% guaranteed!

  • Tobie Lee Hill

    I am a Wildlife Rehabilitator and I am sickened by the senseless onslaught of wildlife that has fallen prey by any outdoor cats and if your sweet kitty goes outside-your kitty is doing it too! If people can see what I have seen; it is so heartbreaking, and most of the baby and adult wildlife brought to me from an outside cat attack are very gut wrenching! I have pictures if anyone would care to see them. The majority of their victims do not survive…long.

    I like cats-don’t get me wrong-but an INSIDE CAT ONLY. The cats mostly will mortally wound an animal then leave it to slowly suffer a horrendous death. Cats are the only animals to kill just to be killing-other than humans.

    I believe too, TNR does not work. They breed far too fast for anyone to keep up-no matter how many volunteers there are to trap them. They are not ‘wild’ animals-they are animals people have thrown out into the wild and NO, it is not NATURE nor is it NATURAL.

  • Mike Miller

    What a completely worthless, wasted effort. Population dynamics show that this will result in no actual reduction in the number of feral cats whatsoever. It accomplishes nothing other that giving her a good feeling about herself. These cats should not be released under any circumstances as they do not belong in the environment. Why is the life of a non-native invasive feral cat worth more to her than the life of a native bird or animal it will kill?

  • Pam Moore

    All of you have obviously NOT raised cats or even really know about them. Yes, the spaying and neutering WILL help these cats; they will be less aggressive and people will be able to get them to take home. It does take patience to work with a feral cat; I know because I turned a feral into a tame one myself. It was though she wanted some human to love her. She had two kittens when she came up, and we gave them away because she had had another litter. We had her spayed then, and also kept two of her last litter; they are neutered and indoor cats. The female can go in and outside, because she knows how to survive. I learned the technique from my mother, who grew up with animals and cared for many when I was a child. She has some that you might consider ferals now, but other people have to gain their trust. I also worked at a place where there were a lot of ferals having babies. A woman saw them, had ALL of them captured, spayed and neutered, then released them back there. It was the best thing she could have done for them, besides feeding them all the time.
    Cats are not like lions or tigers, but living out in the wild will make them do what they have to to survive, That’s why the program is SO important. I’ve seen other outside animals kill remains, so it’s really survival of the fittest; watch Animal Planet, and you will see our other creatures tear their prey apart to survive. IT’S NATURE, STUPID. Are you going to banish fish and turtle in the lake, because they eat the mallard duck’s young when they are trailing behind the mother?

    • Mike Miller

      Pam Moore – Except for one thing: IT’S NOT NATURE! Domestic house-cats are not native to North America, or anywhere else in the world for that matter. They were created by humans in the same manner in which we started with wolves and ended up with schnauzers and dachshunds. Fish, turtles, hawks, owls, and all our other native creatures evolved here together over millions of years – WITHOUT DOMESTIC CATS! Domestic house-cats do not belong in the wild here. We don’t allow sheep, pigs, dogs, ferrets, cows, or any other domestic animal to run loose. Why are cats any different? We have programs to control or eliminate other non-native invasive species such as burmese pythons, feral hogs, nutria, asian carp, and zebra mussels. Do you advocate TNR programs for those animals too? I thought not. It’s just cats, isn’t it? If you or any other cat advocate wants to trap the ferals and keep them in an enclosure on your own property, fine. Otherwise, they need to be removed and not re-abandoned into the wild.

    • Tobie Lee Hill

      No, I have not ‘raised’ cats but I have owned cats as well as fostered them. I have trapped cats myself, gotten them fixed, their shots, then found them inside homes. Like I said previously, I like cats…Indoor Only Cats. You are mistaken if you believe it is survival of the fittest out there-cats do not kill and torture animals because they are HUNGRY. Do you feed your cat? How many times has your well fed cat brought you a gift? There are not natural predators of cats (except for hawks who will sometimes go after kittens) ***notice the key word ‘Natural’. So explain how that would balance out for your ‘Survival Of The Fittest?’ It is not Nature to add a Domesticated Animal to the mix. Some good words for you to enlighten yourself with are: Domesticated, Feral, Natural, Nature, Native and Stupid.

      The argument is about trapping the cats and then releasing them back into the wild. You claim after being fixed they will be less aggressive – well ‘Duh’, we know that-that is not the problem…look at the many already well socialized, loving cats in the shelters and foster care now-they are hard to place as it is; not enough homes for the many homeless animals out there. How many people are willing to take a feral cat who bites, hisses, scratches into their homes? Some will, but not enough to help with the huge influx of cats out there that would be needing homes. A lot of homeless cats get fed by the public at large. I do know cats. Some think if they put a collar and bell on them that would save the wildlife from their attacks…Nope, b/c cats are ambush animals.

      Banish the fish and turtles b/c they eat a baby duck? Now you got it…That is Nature! They must kill to eat/survive…that is NATURE. Cats mainly kill to have a few minutes with a TOY and they do it over and over again. Where is the Nature? Where is the survival of the fittest in that? I do not agree with that anymore than I agree with a person who shoots animals just for target practice-do you see the difference yet?

  • Woodsman001

    Here’s how you can make every last cat-licking, facts-twisting, propaganda-spewing fool reveal just how absurd, hypocritical, ignorant, stupid, and ludicrous ALL their beliefs are; all with just ONE simple question. Ask them:

    “If you believe that these cats are a natural part of the environment and belong out in nature, then why are you even bothering to sterilize them?”

    Blatantly ignorant hypocrite much?

    Your agreement to sterilize them is your very agreement that they don’t even belong there in the very first place. Is this too difficult for you to comprehend?

    What is it? Is your brain so damaged by an infestation of Toxoplasma gondii parasites that have invaded your mind that it is not allowing you to think clearly? Unaware of your own brain-damage, are you? Or are you just this phenomenally stupid, uneducated, and terminally ignorant? What’s your excuse? We’d all like to know. Because if we can finally figure out why cat-lickers are just this astoundingly stupid and blatantly hypocritical then we can solve the main cause of this problem and it will never happen again. How do we “cure” you?

    Throw some more cats under the wheels of moving cars, or let them get slowly eaten from the inside-out by parasites, force them to attack each other to fight-to-the-death for territory and survival (a main selling-point of TNR, yet it is a highly punishable criminal offense in every state of the union to force ANY domesticated animals to fight each other for their very survival) — while you loudly declare to the whole world yet some more how much that you truly “love” cats and how “humane” that TNR is for cats. That’s always good for another laugh-at-you.

  • woodsman001

    BTW: In case you are curious — the term that I use of “cat licker” is justifiably and accurately gleaned from the growing fad of people who are obsessed with cats and want to do everything possible to make their cats feel good at the expense of all that is reasonable and sane.

    They are now licking their cats clean.

    youtube.com/watch?v=p9xmiOxsTWg

    It’s just another one of the many aberrant and mentally-ill behaviors of “cat lickers”.

    I cannot, in all good conscience and honesty, EVER use the term “cat lover” again to describe these heartless and spineless cretins. People who love cats do not throw them under the wheels of moving cars, let them lap-up antifreeze in a gutter, being eaten from the inside-out by parasites, or force them to attack one another to fight-to-the-death for territory by letting their cats roam free. (One of the main selling points of TNR: forcing their cats to fight-to-the-death for territory. Absolutely NO different than people who run criminal dog-fight rings to see who wins. Both just as guilty of animal abuse. There are many laws in place that make it a highly punishable crime to force ANY domesticated animals to fight each other for their very survival.)

    “Cat Lover” is an extremely oxymoronic label.

    “Cat Licker” is the only one that accurately works today.

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