In 2002, we became aware that a high number of homeless cats were living in the city of Cote St. Luc, where we lived. We soon realized that this problem was not isolated to our little community, but was endemic across the the Province of Quebec, with over 1 million on the Island of Montreal alone!
The preferred method of dealing with homeless cats in Cote St. Luc, Montreal, and Quebec is to euthanize them, but although thousands of homeless cats were being killed yearly, their numbers were still increasing, demonstrating the ineffectiveness of this approach to controlling the homeless animal population.
We promote Trap-Neuter-Release-Maintain (TNRM), a more cost efficient and a more humane approach to curtailing the overpopulation of homeless cats.
In 2002, the borough of Cote St. Luc, Hampstead, and Montreal West provided a grant for us to begin the second municipal TNRM program on the Island of Montreal. Through this program, we established a preferred rate with a local vet and feral cats were neutered, vaccinated, and dewormed on a regular basis and released back into their original territory. There, they would be maintained -- fed, sheltered with a cat house, and monitored by a local volunteer. In this way, our TNRM program is effective at both reducing the proliferation of homeless cats and providing humane treatment of our fellow creatures.
With the demerger of the Cote St. Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West borough, however, the program was defunded. Educhat was then created as a non-profit organization, operating only on public donations, to continue this work.
Since 2002, including the initial program in Cote St. Luc, Educhat has neutered over 4000 cats.