I have been unsuccessful in trapping them so far
Another problem is that I go to a very huge college campus in Texas. The cats' area is very far from my car and I just can't always carry the trap with me. Sometimes the cats are not even there. I am only on campus for two hours everyday. So it's like pointless to bring over the trap when they're not even there and I'll be gone. It's very inconvenient. And my car is usually parked like at least one mile away from that area (there is absolutely no other place I could park my car which is in a close proximity).
Well that person will most likely be off during the summer too and I don't think he/she will be willing to take over. In fact, I am 100% no one will be willing to take over. That cat has been on campus for more than two years and no one did anything (i.e., take it to an animal shelter or rescue it). That goes to show that people do not care. OK, well maybe they are stuck in my situation and are unable to trap it. I'll be honest, I only took the trap once (it's huge) and it was embarrassing walking that far with a trap, crossing the street, etc. only to reach that area and not find any cat. I kept walking around like an idiot and thought "OK you know what, screw this, I'll just keep feeding them and let it go." But that's not even the reason why I am not interested in trapping anymore. I mean, there's only two cats maximum in this area. Both of them are the same sex. It's a college campus for goodness sakes lol not a neighborhood. These two cats just HAPPENED to be here. It's in a very secluded area so I'm pretty sure no other cats will show up to impregnate them. Besides, these two cats have remained on this college campus for more than two years. So what's the point of TNR? It's not like a huge colony reproducing by the minute.
I am also scared of doing TNR because whenever feral cats come into our humane society, they automatically euth. them. And I get angry and ask them "well, why didn't you just neuter/spay and release them?" And then they say that usually cats lose their ability to fight off other cats and become less aggressive which is a downside when they're constantly facing other aggressive, unaltered cats. They become weak etc etc. Right now my main concern with these cats is not TNR, it's how to feed them. I am really focusing on TNRing the dozens of cats in my own neighborhood right now that are reproducing by the minute. They are semi-feral. Some of them that did manage to get close enough to me, I took to the humane society (always a BIG BIG mistake, never doing this again unless the cat I find is VERY sick and dying), some of them I neutered or spayed and some I adopted/fostered. Do you think I should trap the ones on my college campus and then bring them into my neighborhood so that they will always have food? Wait, no that is a dumb idea. Or is it?
But since you guys say that they will manage during the summer with the squirrels and whatnot, I will calm down. I never knew cats eat squirrels.
OK, one more option I have which could potentially guarantee them shelter and food for the rest of their lives. I can take them to the humane society I work at where if they have ANY sort of disease like FeLV or FIV they WILL be euth. I hate taking cats there because the last stray I took was euth. because she had FeLV and a bad skin disease. And I cried and cried for months and felt like a murderer. Now, I understand why they did it but I just feel like MOST of these cats deserve to live. If they had mouths they would scream and yell and tell us to stop. That they want to keep living and that it's their right. I mean I understand it if they euth. cats if they have contagious or fatal diseases but why euth. a cat because the color of it's coat is black and it's not "adoptable"? WTF. Humans make me sick sometimes but then again it's an amazing shelter and I'm so proud of them. It just sucks it has to be this way. So anyway, IF these cats are fine and dandy, if they test negative for the combo test then they will be able to live the rest of their lives at the humane society until they're adopted. Oh, and trivial things like fleas, worms, ear mites don't count. They can treat those things. It's just the major, contagious and fatal diseases they euth. for. Also, if the cats are too feral they also euth. And these cats DO seem feral. Which means there's a higher chance they'd be euth. Ahh IDK.
Sorry for the looong rant!