The Tracy Animal Shelter and the animal rescue groups in Tracy have been inundated with calls for help with stray/feral cats and kittens. Thanks to home foreclosures and the poor economy, people have left their cats, most that are not fixed, outside to fend for themselves. This has resulted in many calls from Good Samaritans who have tried to feed them but cannot keep them.
There are many more cats/kittens than there is room in the rescue groups. Unfortunately, if the cats are feral, meaning they are afraid of people, the shelter will automatically euthanize them within three days.
Help is being sought in the form of farms, dairies and ranches, where these cats/kittens can be relocated and released to be mousers. They will be spayed or neutered as well as vaccinated before they’re taken to the new locations. Preferably these locations would be away from busy streets to lessen the chance of these cats being hit by cars.
If you have such a location or know of someone who might and are willing to provide fresh water and a little food, please call me, at 609-8220. These cats need a second chance to live their lives, and we know there are people who can help out there.
• Kimberly Gray is the feral cat coordinator for Delta Paws Rescue.