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"Ten Lives" Documentary is a Game Changer for Feral Cats

February 19, 2014 | Domesticated & Feral Animals

Did you know that more than 50 million homeless, or feral, cats wander the streets, parks and alley ways of the United States, and that there are tens of millions more worldwide?

Ten Lives, A Feral Cat Odyssey is a new documentary supported by Friends of Animals (FoA), the Summerlee Foundation and ASPCA, that reveals the lives of feral cats and the growing numbers of people and organizations working to not only humanely make their lives better, but reduce their numbers through the proven method known as trap, neuter and return TNR. 

Ten Lives talks about the issues and controversies surrounding feral cats, which makes this film a trailblazer,” Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of Animals. “We know that’s the educational effort needed to foster attitudes of responsibility so that abandonment is prevented, and people are discouraged from killing healthy, treatable cats. Friends of Animals has successfully altered more than 2.6 million cats and dogs to date, and we endorse trap, neuter and return, the film’s central theme—as the only method that reduces cat populations while taking an ethical view of feral cats.”      

Director Stan Minasian takes viewers around the United States and to Havana, Cuba; the Colosseum in Rome; and Ottowa, Canada, to show how governments, organizations and caring people are coming together to humanely reduce feral cat numbers through TNR. After watching clips like the ones featuring a colony of cats living on Parliament Hill in Canada, Minasian said he hopes that “when people see a feral cat on the street they won’t turn away from it. They’ll know that there is something that they can do.”

Ten Lives also dispels negative myths about feral cats, especially the claim that they are responsible for the decline of birds worldwide.

Minasian’s other projects include the Emmy-award winning, Last Days of the Dolphins, the first film to reveal the killing of dolphins during tuna fishing operations and A Fall from Freedom, the first film to expose the controversial history of the captive whale and dolphin industry, which was also documented recently in Blackfish.

To see the film in its entirety and purchase a copy, visit Ten Lives will also be featured in FoA’s spring issue of Action Line.



Here in Germany are also about 2 millions of stray cats, the count can only be guessed. Several NGOs like f. ex. the "Katzenhilfe Radolfzell" in our region care for them to be neutered and fed, but they also catch sick cats and take them to vets. These organizations are only financed by donations. I bought 2 valeria stuff tigers for my 2 tomcats Gizzy and Thori, the money it costed´s used for the stray cats!

There are 28 less feral cats here in my area... all safe and sound in my home. God bless who rescue, foster, and adopt.

I do not support any animal being abused, neglected, tortured, killed, or kept tied to a tree, locked in a cage, or any other form of treatment.
All animals have a right to survive and have a decent chance to survive.
So all should be done to help provide shelter, food, and medical needs as needed to all feral animals, stray animals, and any others that humans are unconcerned with.

Sandra Blank... Are you serious?... 28 cats... In your house... Interesting......

How about thanking kind Sandra for saving those poor babies instead of judging her Edward?? Kudos to her, we need more people with kindness and compassion in this world!!!

I admit, it does sound like a lot, but I know many people who had "cat rooms" with 10 or more in each, (large rooms) and then free roamers in the rest of the house...if you have a big old farmhouse, it could work! BUT I must say that not all ferals are happy indoors. Usually strays who have reverted to feral are the ones that are happy inside.. truly feral ones normally like the out doors.. they are too scared of they need to be TNR'd...

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