Some people believe San Luis Obispo County is a "no kill" county--it's not.
Many cities and counties in the United States have been able to put a stop to euthanizing healthy cats, still others have developed a plan and a timetable for getting there. Many of these are places with more challenges than we have, such as Cleveland, Austin and San Francisco.
In reality, hundreds of cats have been killed each year in San Luis Obispo County simply because they do not have a home and there is no room for them at the animal shelter. Though the numbers are improving with help from many organizations, the problem of unwanted cats persists. Unfortunately, well over half the cats turned in to Animal Services come from North County.
Sad as it is, people abandon cats to fend for themselves on our streets. Some ranchers still do not believe in spaying and neutering ranch cats, causing mini population explosions in some rural areas and consequent suffering. Some citizens can't affod veterinary care and don't know how to get help. Animal welfare organizations estimate that there are tens of thousands of abandoned, stray and feral cats in North County.
It is up to those of us who want to change the situation to take action. The most important step we can take to reduce the population of homeless cats in our area is to spay and neuter. That's why Paws Cause works to TNR (trap, neuter and release) feral cats living in our community, and to help low-income people spay/neuter. When we have resources available, we rescue, foster and adopt, and we do our best to support people who care for cat colonies. And we always try to take time to advise people who care about the welfare of cats in our area.
Even if you don't have time to volunteer for an organization like Paws Cause, you can help! You can: