Broken Agreement Won’t End Community Care of Cats
Northside Baptist Church in Baltimore recently ended its agreement with Alley Cat Allies that permitted caregivers to continue feeding a feral cat colony on church grounds that has been living near the church for years. But it’s not the end for the cats.
When caregivers and churchgoers clashed over the cats last summer, Alley Cat Allies stepped in to mediate a solution that would allow the cats to continue to be fed on church property while making them better neighbors. The caregivers and Alley Cat Allies fulfilled the agreement in good faith, moving the cats’ feeding station into a wooded area, completely out of sight, away from the church parking lot and placing cat deterrents around the church, among many other efforts at no expense to the church or its parishioners.
Unfortunately, the church decided last week to end the agreement anyway.
Although we regret the congregation’s decision to cease support of Trap-Neuter-Return and “evict” the feeding station and shelters, we are working with the church to remove them. More importantly, the impact on the cats is minimal. They will no longer be fed and sheltered on church property, but they remain part of the community and will still be cared for by neighbors and volunteers.
Trap-Neuter-Return remains the effective and successful official policy to care for feral cats in the city of Baltimore, and we will continue to support caregivers in their efforts to improve the lives of Baltimore’s cats through our Every Kitty – Every City program.