Trap, neuter, release doesn’t seem humane

On Dec. 23, The News printed a letter from the president of Alley Cat Allies expounding on the wonderful, endorsed method of feral cat control by trapping and neutering these animals and then releasing them again as a humane practice.

What is humane to a poor kitty when you return one of these animals back to living off the land with no shelter, food or care? These cats, often half-starved, suffer terribly in the biting cold of frigid nights, looking for some place to crawl under for cover. I have seen these cats roaming around on the coldest, rainy days obviously soaking wet and looking utterly miserable. They will wander endlessly in the snow looking for anything that they can find to eat. Existing like this, they pick up all manner of parasites. Any veterinarian will verify this.

The area where we live and the surrounding woodlands are overrun with feral cats living their squalid lives of begging, destitution and hunger. To trap one of these poor creatures, sterilize it and then bring it back out, where it will begin its life of misery all over again, is in my opinion the very opposite of being humane to that unfortunate creature. Please explain to me how this improves this animal’s pitiful existence in the slightest?

Carmon Becker