March 3, 2010
Saving the San Nicolas Island Cats
The HSUS helped rescue more than 50 feral cats who would otherwise have been euthanized on San Nicolas Island—the outermost of the Channel Islands of California.
This happy ending for the cats is the result of close cooperation between The HSUS, multiple state and federal agencies, and corporate sponsors. The island is owned by the U.S. government, which has used it as a missile telemetry site for the U.S. Navy since the 1950s. Unsterilized cats taken to the island, who were allowed to roam or escaped, are the ancestors of today's island population of cats.
Although The HSUS supports Trap-Neuter-Return for feral cats, it recognizes situations where returning cats may not be appropriate or are prohibited by law—such as on San Nicolas Island. And by offering a solution and providing a positive outcome for these feral cats, The HSUS hopes it will set a precedent for more humane feral cat management among state and federal agencies.
Here's where you can find a chronological listing of news, videos, and information on the cats of San Nicolas Island.