About Vox Felina
This blog is intended to be a repository of research notes, news stories, correspondences, and associated commentary focused on a range of issues related to “the plight” of feral cats in general, and trap-neuter-return (TNR) in particular. The blog format offers two significant benefits for this project: (1) by limiting the scope of each post, I’m able to zoom in on the details—critical for understanding deeply the complexities of the topic, and (2) the hypertext and tags permit linking and cross-referencing impossible in the print domain.
As the blog evolves, its focus will likely shift somewhat—or perhaps dramatically, into territory entirely unforeseen at this early date. Surely, such an endeavor would benefit from more extensive planning, yet there’s an urgency behind it that compels me to get started with what I’ve got, and figure out the rest as I go.
The impetus for Vox Felina was a series of events (the details of which will be the subject of numerous posts) that revealed (1) the lack of rigorous research related to the efficacy and impact of TNR, (2) the flawed science promoted by many TNR opponents, (3) the unbalanced—often dishonest—nature of the feral cat/TNR debate, and (4) the disastrous consequences of these circumstances.
There are legitimate issues to be debated regarding the efficacy, environmental impact, and morality of TNR. But attempts at an honest, productive debate are hampered—if not derailed entirely—by the dubious claims so often put forward by TNR opponents. I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I’m very interested in asking better questions—the sort of questions that might stimulate a more conscientious debate of this important issue. And in any event, I feel compelled to speak out on behalf of the cats.
A society in which all cats are adequately cared for.
To improve the lives of feral cats through a more informed, conscientious discussion of feral cat issues in general, and TNR in particular.
I’ve always felt a deep connection with cats, but my involvement with the Great Kitty Rescue, beginning in December of 2007, was a profound turning point. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Best Friends Animal Society and an army of volunteers from across the country, more than 700 cats—many of them sick and starving—were rescued from what the local paper called a “shelter-turned-death-camp.” That experience introduced me to the world of animal rescue, and, in turn, feral cat management and TNR.
These days, my life and work are increasingly shaped by these issues. Vox Felina is merely some of the more visible evidence.
—Peter J. Wolf (April 2010)