Galway Cat Rescue
is an all volunteer group of animal lovers. We are committed to helping
homeless cats in Galway and dedicated to give every cat a chance to
live a safe, healthy and happy life. We established Galway Cat Rescue in
August 2010, because we were frustrated that not enough was being done
to help feral cats in our neighborhoods. Since then we have neutered
more than 800 cat and have been successful in re-homing more than 500.We also care for numerous abandoned and injured cats and kittens.
GCR has been officially registered as a non-profit charity (CHY 19772) since July 2011.
and informing the public about the care of cats and the importance of
spaying and neutering their pets is one of our priorities. Our mission
is to solve the Galway feral cat overpopulation crisis through the
non-lethal method of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).
We believe in
Our work includes
- protecting and enforcing the rights of animals
- treating all cats with respect, love and care
- Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)
- Providing winter shelters for feral cats
- Rescuing abandoned, sick and abused cats
- Socializing feral kittens for re homing
- Locating homes for rescued cats and kittens
They live in the shadow of car parks, green
areas and empty lots of many neighborhoods in Galway. They
struggle to find food, water and shelter. They are feral cats. Feral
cats are not wild animals; they are actually the offspring of domestic
cats that were either abandoned or the pet owner failed to spay/neuter
There are no genuine wild cats in Ireland.
Often feral cats are very shy and afraid of people because they lack
human contact.There are hundreds of thousands of homeless cats in
Ireland, due to the number of pets that are
un-neutered. Un-spayed female cats often have litter after litter, and may produce up to
80 kittens in a lifetime.
Most of those kittens die from hunger,
infectious diseases and parasites soon after birth. The ones that
survive start breeding after only 5-6 months. Within a short time, a cat
population of only a handful of cats can multiply to over a hundred.
When this type of population growth occurs, feral cats become a problem.
There is not enough food to go around, so they starve and suffer from
various diseases, which affect them because of their run-down condition.
Malnourished mother cats are more prone to illnesses due to the strain
put on them by constantly reproducing.
Un-neutered tom cats, on the other hand, often get involved in fighting
during mating season. Cat AIDS (FIV) as well as feline leukaemia (FeLV)
are sexually transmitted and may also spread through bite wounds. Once a
catshows symptoms of these diseases they can't fight off other
infections such as pneumonia, enteritis or cat flu. Because
feral cats originate as domestic animals, they are not intended to
survive in nature on their own. Feral cats have the right to live a
long, healthy and safe life in their colonies.They deserve our
compassion and protection.
Trap-Neuter-Return is the answer to Ireland's feral cat crisis.
The most effective and most humane solution in an area overpopulated by
feral cats is Trap-Neuter-Return. The cats are humanely trapped and
brought to a vet, where they are examined. Sick cats are treated. Cats
that are too ill to make a full recovery are humanely euthanised. The
vet then neuters, worms and flea treats the remaining, healthy cats. By
nicking the tip off the left ear they are marked for identification
before they return to their colony. Quality of life improves
dramatically for the cats. The colony now consists of healthy animals.
No more kittens are born. In most neighborhoods people are then happy to
look after those cats, providing them with food and shelter. Tamable
cats and young kittens are socialized in a foster home until a permanent
home can be found,
where they can live a happy life as pets. Some feral cats can be
re-homed as garden and farm cats.