In far too many communities, there re more cats than people willing to adopt them. That’s why Barb Horton’s organization, Puget Sound Working Cats, has a plan. They catch cats and have them spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Then they try to place the cat in a new home.
With tame cats, that’s often not a problem but with feral cats, that can be more troublesome. That’s why the Puget Sound Working Cats organization tries to place feral cats in farms and warehouses where they can be put to work catching rodents and doing useful work (often more useful work than many human beings have).
Yet this practice also courts controversy because feral cats kill birds. So while keeping feral cats alive can spare their lives and reduce rodent populations, it can also mean the death of more birds that the feral cats catch and kill.
Hopefully the bird lovers and the cat lovers can find a compromise between their different agendas. In the meantime, putting feral cats to work can give cats a chance to live out their lives productively in a safe environment, and few people can argue against that.