Welfare of stray cats

Stray cats originate from many sources, including cats and their progeny separated from, or abandoned by, their owners (also known as ‘semi-ferals’ or ‘street/alley cats’). Shelter intakes are often dominated by stray cats (vs. surrendered pets). The aim is to rehome the lucky few, but ’excess’, injured or aggressive cats are often euthanized. Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR, or Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return, TNVR) has been proposed as a method of avoiding high euthanasia rates. There is also considerable bias in the literature around the debate – with selective citation of studies that support one or the other side of the argument.  This project will carry out an analysis of TNR literature to increase our understanding of how we communicate about this emotionally- and politically-charged topic.

For details, contact Trish Fleming (t.fleming@murdoch.edu.au) or Mike Calver (m.calver@murdoch.edu.au)