Empty Meow Corral
The Empty Meow Corral was started in 2009 when we bought our property in Naples, Florida and found that three cats had been abandoned by the previous residents. Not ones to turn away hungry animals, we fed them and took them on. The three new additions to our family joined the four inside cats that we already had. Three of which are rescues from the North Eastern United States. (Read more...)
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What We Do and Why:
Do not confuse a feral cat with a stray. Ferals are the offspring of lost or abandoned pet cats or other feral cats who have not been fixed. They don't easily adapt or may never adapt to living as pets in close contact with people, but they still need our help. Sadly, many do not survive, however their lives are not easy without human caretakers.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates that there are 3 to 4 million cats – feral, stray and owned -enter animal shelters every year and at least half of them are put down. They may be put down for many reasons, including age, illness, injury, temperament, lack of space, scarcity of homes, and owner request.
Our goal at the corral is to follow the pricipals of TNR (Trap-Neutar-Return). The basics of TNR involve trapping the cats in a feral colony, having them spayed or neutered,
vaccinating them against rabies, identifying them with an ear tip, and returning them to their original territory where a caretaker provides regular food and shelter and monitors the colony for
newcomers and any problems. Ear tipping is a procedure where a quarter inch off the tip of the left
ear is removed in a straight line cut (usually performed while the cat is anesthetized during spay or
neuter surgery). It is the only reliable method known for identifying a spayed or neutered feral cat.
That's where we need your help at the corral. Our cats will always have a safe non-violent home where we are 100% committed to following the pricipals of TNR. Please take a moment to make a small donation to our corral and help us fulfill our promise to keep our ferals out of harms way and certain death.
~ Thank you, Rusti