"You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed." Antoine de Saint-Exupery
A friend asked me today why I spend so much of my time and resources caring for feral cats? It's a good question, and it certainly crosses my mind at least once a week! The best reply I can think of is the above quote, spoken by the fox to the Little Prince.
Cats were domesticated roughly six thousand years ago. Those that are uncared for are slowly slipping back to an "unsocialized" status. With this homelessness comes hunger, disease, and suffering for many adult cats and kittens. TNR (trap/neuter/release) is, in my opinion, the only solution to a collective responsibility that began those many centuries ago when the Human species welcomed Felis Catus into their dwellings.