Dozens of stray cats populate a baseball stadium because it offers them unique living conditions

Dozens of feral cats having settled in a stadium in California, local health authorities and associations saw the opportunity to carry out a sterilization and maintenance program. The objective is to control this feline population, but also to find families for the kittens that are part of it.

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Stray cats are more and more numerous, and this poses a problem as much for themselves as for shelters and associations in lack of places. These animals are exposed to a variety of risks: accidents, diseases, malnutrition, cruelty… Their population is estimated at 32 million in the United States, and 3 quarters live in urban areas.

HAS Oakland in California, we are trying somehow to find humane solutions to this problem. A colony of feral cats who call the local baseball stadium home, the RingCentral Coliseum, focuses all the attention of the authorities and volunteers. The latter take advantage of the fact that these felines are grouped together in one and the same place to carry out a campaign of CSRM, or capture-sterilization-return-maintenance, reported Daily Paws.

Illustration of the article: Dozens of stray cats populate a baseball stadium, because it offers them unique living conditions
Island Cat Resources and Adoption [ICRA] / Facebook

It is therefore a question of sterilizing all of these cats, whose number fluctuates between 30 and 50, to control the population and let them live their lives quietly in the sports enclosure, which usually hosts team meetings. of the Athletics.

Many of these cats have been there since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the stadium having been closed for a long time at the time. According to experts, they found everything a stray feline is looking for: large quantities of discarded food, poorly secured garbage cans, safe shelters, rats…

Illustration of the article: Dozens of stray cats populate a baseball stadium, because it offers them unique living conditions
Island Cat Resources and Adoption [ICRA] / Facebook

Control adult cat population, try to get kittens adopted

animal servicesOakland therefore exploited the situation to sterilize these cats in order to stabilize their numbers. On the other hand, they do not plan to move them or have them adopted. These cats are, in fact, insufficiently socialized with humans for the most part. Younger people, on the other hand, are more likely to be placed. Moreover, 5 kittens from this colony have already been taken care of in order to be prepared for adoption.

Illustration of the article: Dozens of stray cats populate a baseball stadium, because it offers them unique living conditions
Island Cat Resources and Adoption [ICRA] / Facebook

The report below, provided by KTVU FOX 2 San Franciscotalks about this initiative (activate French subtitles in the player options):

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