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 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.

Educating 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 humane, non-lethal method of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).

We believe in
  • protecting and enforcing the rights of animals
  • treating all cats with respect, love and care
Our work includes
  • 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

Feral Cats
They live in the shadow of car parks,
DSC02493green 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 them.

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.
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.


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