Tell your barangay: Killing or throwing out cats is not effective to curb stray population Posted on Monday, 2 May 2016

Not only is killing or throwing away cats cruel and illegal it is NOT EFFECTIVE in controlling the population of stray cats in your area.

More than thirty years of documented proof shows that trap-and-kill methods have no lasting effect on reducing feral cat populations. Trap and kill is simply ineffective, expensive and cruel. If all the cats are not caught, then the ones left behind over breed until the former population level is reached.

Even if all the cats are removed, new un-neutered cats move in to take advantage of whatever food source is available. Once there, they breed prolifically, quickly populating a new colony with descendants that are more cautious and more disease-resistant.

This “vacuum effect” is very well-documented. Therefore the trap/kill effort becomes increasingly unproductive in the effort to reduce numbers.

Trap Neuter Return Infographic

Trap/Neuter/Return, commonly referred to as “TNR,” is the only method proven to be humane and effective at controlling the stray cat population. Using this technique, all the stray cats in a colony are trapped, neutered and then returned to their territory.

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Diana is spayed. She looks like a princess, with beautiful light gray markings. Want to adopt her?

A stray cat management plan, such as the one promoted by CARA, has a dramatic impact on solving neighborhood feral cat problems. The Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) method has shown to be enormously successful in reducing cat populations, at the same time it also offers the cat’s peaceful lives in their territories. In the end, everyone benefits: cats, wildlife, and people. It is effective, responsible and humane. The breeding stops and populations are gradually reduced. Nuisance behaviors associated with mating and breeding, such as calling and fighting, are virtually eliminated.

TNR recognizes there is a balance in our urban society, one that includes stray cats. We would be over run with rats and cockroaches if it weren’t for the cats. TNR is a movement that will hopefully continue to grow as more and more people see that it works.

Click to find out how to set up TNR in your community. 


CARA has a clinic in Mandaluyong (near Ortigas Center) that offers low-cost neutering/spaying. Please consider spaying or neutering your pet.

Click this link for the rates.

CARA Clinic
175 Lopez Rizal St. cor. Samat St., Mandaluyong City
+632 5323340 /0919 5790047


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This entry was posted on Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 8:00 am and is filed under Issues, Pet Care, Trap-Neuter-Release.

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  • Ai Lin Ching

    Good day! Ever since I was a kid my mom and dad would feed stray cats and if they stayed in our house, we’re fine with it. Because of this, my love for cats started. If I see some kids hurting cats, i can’t help but confront them. I always cry whenever this situation happens because I can only confront them and I cannot afford to bring home another cat. I don’t care if some people laugh at me because i’d cry for the cat. I love them. You see, I’m now 18 years old, and I’m still living with my parents. We did not anticipate that a time will come that i have to decide to let them go. My father is suffering from pneumonia and my uncle and the doctor said that ” You can’t have cats stay in the house anymore.” I love them. I don’t want to be separated from them but what can I do? and so I would like to ask-Do you happen to know where I can find my cats a shelter? I do not wish to abandon them. I want a trusted shelter who can care for these loving cats. I asked my friends if they are willing to adopt my cats butthey already had many pets to care for and definitely they can’t. Please give advise as to what i shall do given this situation. thank you.

    • Hi, Ai Lin.
      You can network with Cat Care Philippines. The members can help share your call for adopters.

      Please also note and share with your uncle that abandoning pets falls under abuse and will violate the law.

      ““SEC. 7. It shall be unlawful for any person who has custody of an animal to abandon the animal.
      “If any person being the owner or having charge or control of any animal shall without reasonable cause or excuse abandon it, whether permanently or not, without providing for the care of that animal, such act shall constitute maltreatment under Section 9.
      “If the animal is left in circumstances likely to cause the animal any unnecessary suffering, or if this abandonment results in the death of the animal, the person liable shall suffer the maximum penalty.
      “Abandonment means the relinquishment of all right, title, claim, or possession of the animal with the intention of not reclaiming it or resuming its ownership or possession.”

      “(1) Imprisonment of one (1) year and six (6) months and one (1) day to two (2) years and/or a fine not exceeding One hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00) if the animal subjected to cruelty, maltreatment or neglect dies;

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