A couple years ago, I volunteered with a group that fed and took care of homeless cats in the area. The first thing they did upon discovering a new cat was get him or her spayed or neutered.
Approximately 200 cats live along the bay in Foster City, about 20 minutes south of San Francisco. It all started with one mother cat and five of her little kittens. A local woman got tired of having all those cats around and threw them out. They continued to breed until they grew to the number they are at today. The group, Project Bay Cat, works hard to catch all of the new cats, get them checked out by a vet, and get them spayed or neutered. By getting them “fixed” they’re making sure the cats don’t grow anymore. They also help with adoption efforts.
It was a really fun experience and the cats were so sweet. Remember to get your pets spayed or neutered so you don’t end up with 200!