Community Cat Sanctuaries are the most demanding, expensive, and time-consuming way to care for cats and is the least scalable approach to the thousands of cats found in most communities. Once opened, sanctuaries rapidly fill to capacity.
When the Number of Cats Outstrips the Resources
Although it is tempting to consider relocating community cats to the safety of sanctuaries for the remainder of their lives, it ignores the fact that most of the cats already have a home and often live with a network of familiar or related cats.
Despite the founding of community cat sanctuaries with the best of intentions, many have struggled to find enough funding and staff to provide minimally acceptable care for the natural lifespan of the cats. There is a disturbing trend in the number of hoarding and cruelty investigations of such facilities when the number of cats accumulated outstrips the resources of those responsible for the humane care of the cats.
Illustrating the Challenge
Recent cases involve the seizure of 800 cats from the FLOCK sanctuary in Nevada in 2007, 750 cats from the Tiger Ranch Sanctuary in Pennsylvania in 2008, 600 cats from the 10th Life Sanctuary in Florida in 2009, 700 cats from the Haven Acres Sanctuary in Florida in 2011, and 700 cats from the Caboodle Ranch sanctuary in 2012.
These cases illustrate the challenge of identifying sustainable non-lethal management options for cats following their removal from the community in which they have made their homes.