Few people experience the impacts of free-roaming cats as intimately as wildlife rehabilitators. In this short documentary, meet Dr. Dave McRuer, formerly of the Wildlife Center of Virginia; Brittany Davis of Second Chance Wildlife Center; and Kasey Birtz of City Wildlife — individuals who simultaneously love cats and are tasked with saving cats' wildlife victims.
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Now numbering well over 100 million in the United States, outdoor cats kill approximately 2.4 billion birds every year in the U.S. alone. As this video shows, those birds range from backyard birds like Northern Cardinal and Tufted Titmouse to migratory species, such as Brown Thrasher and Yellow-billed Cuckoo.
In spite of the challenge, Grant Sizemore, ABC's Director of Invasive Species Programs, conveys his hopes for a better future, highlighting responsible pet ownership and the progress that can be made simply by treating pet cats as we do dogs. Read more about our Cats Indoors program.