It all starts with someone who buys a cute kitten or gets one as a present. It is loved for a while but then something changes. Though no fault of its own, the now grown up cat is no longer wanted, so the owner tries to get rid of it.
How you might ask? They take a nice drive out to the country, open the car door and out goes kitty! Oh, and while kitty was loved and wanted, they never bothered to spay or neuter it.
Poor kitty is now alone, scared and hungry in an unfamiliar area with no safe or comfortable place to call home. Most of these cats end up in colonies. They have kittens, who have kittens who also have kittens. With no human interaction they become fearful and are classified as feral. Some of the colonies adopt stray or lost cats that hope to be found.
If it wasn't for charities such as SPAY NEUTER KINGSTON INITIATIVE, life would be grim for these cats. http://www.spayneuterkingstoninitiative.org/ Solely funded though donations, cats are live trapped, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, ear tipped (top of the ear clipped to recognize cat has already been fixed) and returned to the colony. In some cases if the cat is friendly or young enough, they are placed in foster homes until 'furever' homes can be found.
Each colony has a caretaker who tirelessly goes daily to provide food and water. The cats wait patiently for their supper to arrive and one by one they come to dine with tail wagging gratitude.
Small shelters are built to provide some protection from the bitter cold.
If you are an animal lover, such as me, think of these poor cats as you give love to your own 'furries'. If you can find it in your heart to help, through the good work of SNKI, all the cat colonies will eventually get smaller and smaller.
They did not ask to have this happen to them!