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Old 12-25-2013, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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Orion2,

I didn't intend to get that wordy.

I have posted about my ferals many times on these forums, but this time was different. I got very emotional writing that post. It was like I was transported back in time and I could see, hear, and feel the moment.

I don't think it has anything to do with my writing style which is pretty much just loosely organized random thoughts and memories.

I have no idea why or how that happened, but I enjoyed the experience and the cats and me are glad you did also.
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Old 02-08-2015, 08:53 PM
 
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I have been feeding stray cats that have been around work way before I started working there. I started working there almost 6 months now and I feed them before I start work and when I leave work. They come running when they see me!! We just were warned from management NOT TO FEED THEM otherwise we would in trouble.! Are there any laws protecting them and myself? They keep the rats, and other animals away!! They already took away around 10 to 15 cats n kittens, one being blind!! Are there any laws protecting them and myself!! How can anyone do that!!
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:47 PM
 
Location: southern kansas
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I have been feeding stray cats that have been around work way before I started working there. I started working there almost 6 months now and I feed them before I start work and when I leave work. They come running when they see me!! We just were warned from management NOT TO FEED THEM otherwise we would in trouble.! Are there any laws protecting them and myself? They keep the rats, and other animals away!! They already took away around 10 to 15 cats n kittens, one being blind!! Are there any laws protecting them and myself!! How can anyone do that!!
It depends on whatever animal control ordinances you have in your area. I can tell you that in my town, and also the city I worked in before retirement, if you feed any strays or feral colonies you are considered as 'taking responsibility or ownership' of them, and if there are more than legally allowed (4 in my town), you can be fined for 'harboring' them, and 'creating a nuisance'. But your bigger problem is with your employer. If the cats are on their property and they are telling you not feed them, then they are within their rights to do so and you are risking your job. Your feeding or 'harboring' the cats on your employers property could make them liable for any citations from animal control. Again, I'm only describing the way it is in my jurisdiction, and yours may be different. As far as I know, there are not any laws that specifically protect stray or feral cats. Sadly, in most places, the exact opposite is usually true.
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:32 PM
 
Location: California
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I know when I start feeding a stray it's a commitment. One was around as a neighborhood cat for 10 years. He slept in the yard and didn't like being in the house, although he would run in with my cats and immediately go to the door on the other side of the house to go out again..lol. He just stopped coming by last summer so he either died or moved with the people who's house he was at the most. I'll never know.

Another is with me now who didn't start out as a stray but was totally ignored by our neighbors who initially adopted him as a kitten. They put him outside and left him there when they didn't want to be bothered anymore. They took long trips and figured he'd find his own food and stuff. Eventually he did, at my house. Now he comes in at night to sleep, and spends his days outside doing whatever cats do under bushes. The neighbors moved and didn't ask about him. He friendly but not overly so, he rarely comes to sit by/on us but likes to be close, under an end table on a blanket we put down for him. It's been like this for a year now and I still haven't fully committed by taking him to the vet, but I know I will break down soon.
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Old 02-12-2015, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Amelia View
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jackiek821 -- see if your community has any other managed colonies which you can probably find out by getting in touch with a local shelter. If you can anonymously find out about animal control ordinances, I'd do that, too, as catdad7x suggests. I say "anonymously" since at this point you might not want to draw attention to yourself or your colony.

Perhaps it's just a matter of educating management, that a colony can exist on a property without adverse problems, and as you said, help keep the rodent population at bay. Maybe you'll even become a pioneer in a TNR program, especially if you can get a vet on board to do inexpensive spays/neuters. Depending on the business, it can be a public relations coupe when a company shows its heart (in this case showing a compassion for the animal kingdom of cats).

Management could either be heartless and just not want the cats around OR may have their backs against the wall because of laws and such (as catdad7x so well-described). Which do you think it might be?
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