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At this time of year, it's heartbreaking to see stray cats walking around in the cold with nowhere to go. While many kind people take them into their homes, others can't because of lease agreements, allergies, existing family pets, or other factors. So they do the next best thing-take strays to a shelter or rescue group. RELATED: Helping Homeless Cats in the Winter But some felines can't be captured easily. These are feral cats, who are wild and undomesticated. Feral cats either have never had contact with humans or have reverted to a "wild" state after being away from humans for so long. A feral cat is much like a raccoon: Try to approach him, and he'll bolt. If you do somehow get him ...

Jesse Oldham When Jesse Oldham moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2003 she had no idea that she would become a driving force behind New York City's movement to protect its feral cat population. Feral cats are a particular challenge as they are not domesticated and often live their entire lives outside. Most will not allow a human to touch them, or even make eye contact. Those who do go to shelters will usually be deemed "unadoptable" and euthanized so it takes special consideration to care for them. In addition to running her own nonprofit feral cat protection and advocacy organization, Slope Street Cats (2004-2009), she's since worked extensively with the NYC Feral Cat Initiative including teaching...

Alberto E. Rodriguez, WireImage.com Mike Tyson is entering the realm of reality TV. This doesn't surprise us one iota. Nor does it surprise us that there has been some controversy. What does surprise us is that the show will be on Animal Planet and is based on pigeons. Yes, really. Not every dog lays around all day, waiting for you to come home. Take Rosie the Newfie, for example. When her neighbor became seriously ill, she found a way to lend a paw and give a dying woman a reason to smile by leaping a fence to visit the sick neighbor every single day. And her owners had no idea. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are really doing their part to make tails wag across the country. Ellen ha...

A trap set and waiting for a feral cat. Photo: Sonia Zjawinski Did you know that female cats can become pregnant as early as four to five months old and can have as many as three litters a year? Crunch the numbers and a single unaltered feral female and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats in seven years. Yowza! So how are we not all overrun by cats? Through a program called Trap-Neuter-Return, in which volunteers (like you) trap a feral cat, get them spayed or neutered at a vet that participates in the program, and release them back to their original location. Why release back?...

Photo: Alley Cat Allies October 16th is National Feral Cat Day. Wait, National what Day?? Feral cats are felines that are more wild than domestic. They like the company of other kitties more than they do humans, and are more likely to run than come up for a scratch under the chin. They aren't dangerous or rabid, just unsocialized. Think of them as the feline equivalent of a squirrel or a pigeon -- they'd rather live outdoors than in a home. While there aren't any concrete numbers on how many feral cats live in the United States, according to national feral cat advocacy group Alley Cat Allies, scientists estimate there are as many cats living outdoors as indoors (and there are 82 millio...