This may be a controversial post but when it comes to my moral compass for cat rescue I am sure of its direction and know that although the decision I made was heartbreaking it was the right one.
Jackie has been feeding a couple of cats in the Portlands and I went down to check out the situation. One of the cats looked pregnant to me so we thought let's try to trap her. And trap her we did, very easily. Once I got her in the trap I could tell her nipples were prominent so then I was worrying she was nursing. Only one thing to do, take her to the vet and find out.
It turned out she was very pregnant, and the vet did a spay abort. Wait, I can hear the voices of dissent but here's the thing, she is very feral, if she had the kittens, we would have to hope that first of all, we could trap her again and spay her and secondly that we could trap the kittens at the magical socialization age or at least trap them and TNR, all of those things very problematic. Every day in shelters kittens and adult cats are euthanized due to lack of homes. It's a harsh reality and making those harsh decisions is part of dealing with feral cats.
|Miss Boots in the trap|