The most effective & humane way of reducing the number of feral/stray cats in a given area is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). According to a recent national Harris poll," 81% of the US public, supports TNR. There is consensus that removing cats does not reduce their numbers in the long run. If a stray cat colony is removed from an area, another colony of feral cats will soon occupy that same territory.
As long as there is a dumpster, and other un-neutered cats in the vicinity, there will be cats. While some people might say that the answer is not to feed stray cats, the truth is that will not greatly reduce the number of stray, barn and feral cats. It will, however, make the lives of these community cats more harsh due to hunger and increased susceptibility to disease. And that is inhumane.
Since 2008 Safe Haven has been doing spay/neuter clinics for community cats. Trap Neuter Return is the nationally accepted approach to stabilzing the population of community cats.
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*Source: Best Friend's Magazine, May / June 2008