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"Ten Lives, A Feral Cat Odyssey"

June 08, 2014 | Spaying and Neutering

Best Friends Animal Society has selected "Ten Lives, A Feral Cat Odyssey", a new documentary supported by Friends of Animals (FoA) that reveals how to humanely make feral cats lives better and reduce their numbers through the proven method known as trap, neuter and return (TNR), to show at its national conference in Las Vegas in October. The film has also been picked up by numerous PBS stations.

Director Stan Minasian, of Greenbrae, Calif., 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.Ten Lives

Minasian spent a day filming one of the most prevalent U.S. groups called Fix Our Ferals, a community-based, non-profit organization that promotes TNR in the San Francisco East Bay area. 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 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.

To see the film in its entirety and purchase a copy, visit www.feralcatsusa.org.

To register for the conference, visit www.bestfriends.org.

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