Pets take many shapes and forms, from ferrets to snakes to hamsters, but the most popular pets are still dogs and cats. They are by far the easiest to care for and, if treated well, can become like family. When you have pets, it’s important to think of them as family. You would never keep a member of your family on a chain outside, nor would you leave him or her behind when you move. Yet some people do treat their pets this way. If these pets are lucky, they will find themselves in no kill shelters where they may be adopted by someone else who will treat them well. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Feral cats are a case in point. When cats are left on their own without having been neutered, they reproduce in the wild and their offspring become wild. I would like to suggest if you are considering adopting a pet that you don’t get it from a puppy farm or insist on a pure bred animal. There are so many loving animals in shelters that need homes. Even a feral cat can become a loving pet. I trapped one 15 years ago and had her neutered – then found that I could not turn her loose. She was definitely wild (I had to keep her in a large cage in the beginning and wear welder’s gloves to handle her). She became my indoor cat – constant companion and friend for 15 years until she died earlier this year. There are shelters in Brunswick County, NC where you can find any kind of cat or dog and there is a feral cat club as well where you can help to prevent the proliferation of feral cats in a humane way. Check them out here:

Paw’s Place Dog Rescue in Winnabow, NC: (

Oak Island Feral Cats Club: (

Southport-Oak Island Animal Rescue (SOAR): (

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