Rachel Alexander works hard to help her clients reduce dollar amounts due on tax returns. She also has a passion to reduce another number – the number of feral and homeless cats. A feral cat is one that has had little or no contact with humans. They are fearful of humans and cannot be adopted. The outdoors is their home.
Rachel’s devotion to feral cats actually started when she was only 18 months old, but it was the plight of feral cats around her office that motivated her to find a solution.
Ten years ago, when leaving work one evening she saw a lost, skinny cat. She started feeding the stray, which attracted his friends and neighbors until a group of a dozen or so cats gathered each night. Although the building management initially resisted the nightly get-togethers, they finally relented and agreed to let Rachel keep feeding the cats but with the understanding she must keep them away from the front of the building. Keeping the cats fed was only a Band-Aid on the problem. The cats would inevitably die of hunger, sickness and injury without some type of intervention.
Working through KittiCo Cat Rescue and Feral Friends, Rachel learned the guidelines for the Trap-Neuter-Return program. This type of program ends reproduction, stabilizes feral cat populations, and improves individual cats’ lives. The behaviors and stresses associated with mating— pregnancy, yowling, and fighting—stop. Many people think these cats are a nuisance but in reality they offer a great service to the community in that they keep other cats from entering their territory catch and kill snakes and rats.
With three to four litters a year per female cat, one cat and her offspring can produce thousands of kittens during their lifetime. Once homeless, a cat quickly reverts back to a feral nature, making them difficult if not impossible to adopt. That’s why the TNR trap-neuter-return – program is such a bonus to a community. TNR is a humane way to reduce cat overpopulation. It also saves money, because taxpayers don’t have to pay for euthanizing. And, vermin are kept under control.
About Rachel Alexander
Rachel is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Information Technology Professional who has worked in the public accounting arena for over twenty years. Her specialties include tax controversy and compliance primarily as related to high-income family groups and partnerships. She has extensive experience in the taxation of career schools and colleges and nonprofit organizations.
In her spare time, she rallies for animals, promoting rescue, TNR (trap, neuter, return of feral and homeless cats), and other forms of animal advocacy. This passion for protecting and caring for homeless animals has recently led to a board position with Operation Kindness, the oldest and largest no-kill shelter in North Texas. Please feel free to contact Rachel if you have any questions.
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