Why have a CSRM program in Gatineau?
Gatineau has a large number of feral cats that can reproduce quickly; in fact, a couple of unsterilized cats can produce over 5,000 offspring in one year! A Capture-Sterilization-Release-Maintenance (CSRM) program is an effective way to reduce this overpopulation humanely.
Cats targeted by the CSRM program do not do well in shelters and are rarely good candidates for adoption because of their ‘wild’ lifestyle. While some will approach humans for shelter or food, they are still animals that thrive best outdoors where they are free to roam at will.
The SPCA de l'Outaouais has, for some time, had an adoption program for so-called "farm cats", or cats that are happiest in open environments where they can hunt freely, such as farms or warehouses. The popularity of "farm" cats is not high in the region, which unfortunately leads to longer and more stressful shelter stays for these animals, another aspect that a CSRM program aims to minimize.
In addition, the public nuisance associated with feral cats can generally be greatly mitigated by spaying and neutering, which reduces urine marking, vocalization, fighting, and breeding that leads to overpopulation, making cohabitation with community cats all the more positive.
The CSRM program is specifically designed for feral cats that are not good candidates for adoption but are still part of our community’s ecosystem. The implementation of a CSRM program is an effective, long-term humane alternative for managing cat populations.