Community cats are outdoor, un-owned, free-roaming cats. While some may be friendly, others may be feral – a term for a cat that has never been handled by humans. Feral cats are terrified of humans.

But these cats all need our help!

The most significant thing anyone can do to help this ever-growing population of cats that suffer in so many ways is to have them spayed or neutered and returned to the area they were taken from. The term TNRM means trap, neuter, return and monitor – it is the best and most humane way to stabilize the population of community cats, and over time reduce the population.

And with the colder weather months descending upon us, it’s not uncommon for community cats to seek warmth and protection by climbing under the hoods of recently parked cars to curl up near a recently turned off engine. So please, take an extra moment to bang on the hood of your car and potentially save the life of a cat or kitten that was merely seeking a reprieve from the cold, snow or rain. That simple step can save the life of a cat that deserves so much more from life than fate has afforded it. Please find it in your heart to help them, or to help others who do.

On a personal note, I find it too emotional to be a boots-on-the-ground helper, but I put money every month onto a debit card for an angel who feeds seven colonies. And every year I purchase and donate feral cat shelters to rescuers.

If you want to do something to help, please email me at diana@bigapplecar.com.

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Article by Diana Clemente

Diana Clemente is President of the Black Car Assistance Corporation and Big Apple Car.

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