Location is Everything: How to Manage Cats and Wildlife

Cats and Wildlife, Position Statement:

Humane Animal Rescue strives to maintain a healthy balance between domestic cats and native wildlife. HAR strongly advocates for public humane education, with a focus on ways to keep both wildlife and cat populations safe, as well as an emphasis on keeping pet cats indoors.

HAR supports responsibly managed TNR programs with the goal of reducing the number of outdoor cats. All cats deserve a safe and loving home. Feral and abandoned cats are proven to lead shorter lives and pose threats to human health, as well as local wildlife. The shelter promotes the placement of adoptable animals, including trapped feral kittens. By keeping pet cats inside, Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities will become safer for both cats and wildlife.

Up to 10% of wildlife admitted annually to our Wildlife Center are the result of cat attacks. Most of these wild animals will not survive the corresponding post-attack infections and wounds. Domestic cats have been proven to cause damage to native wildlife populations. Studies suggest that both feral and owned free- roaming cats are efficient predators that disrupt fragile ecosystems.

Humane Animal Rescue is committed to spaying/neutering as many feral cats as possible, to caring for and releasing injured and orphaned wildlife, and to adopting out healthy animals into good homes. We remain committed to educating dedicated pet owners on how to offer a fulfilling life for their indoor cats. We invite you to work with us and be part of the solution: making Pittsburgh a safer place for all species.