I have to admit - its one of my pet peeves
I work in a privately run clinic, but we have a really good ethos and we never turn an animal away (We just don't advertise this fact!! Or we would be bankrupt!)
Everyday, we get people in, or ringing on the phone.
It always starts with..
'I feed this cat in my garden'
and ends with...
The last lot, woman who knows nothing about cats, doesn't want a cat, has an elderly mother she has to look after, no transport etc
Rang to say the cat she feeds, had 4 kittens in her garden. Its a feral cat, and had scarpered once they went to look, taking one of the kittens, and leaving the others... she hadn't returned in 24hrs, so we had to arrange a taxi for this woman, to have the kittens brought in ... one died within hours and we put the other two down to save them suffering.
We got no money for our efforts of course. When I suggested to the lady that she try and catch the cat and bring it in to us to be spayed... she looked at me incredulously. She had been feeding the cat for a year ... at €1 a day, she could have had it neutered 4x over.
Jeez, since it wasn't her cat, we would have done it at cost ... she could have had it neutered 6x over!
I have issues with people who feed animals! (and won't do anything else!)
If you want to feed ferals? Donate to a feral box charity, who set up feeder boxes to TNR. The boxes are also used for feeding and shelter for ferals with kittens.