Re: Anyone opposed to taking ferals to shelters?
I think the only time you should euthanize a feral, is if it's badly hurt, horribly sick/terminally ill, or old enough that it would be better than suffering with arthritis or not being able to hunt or run from predators because it's sight or hearing isn't working well enough. Basically, if it would probably die anyway, but suffer longer (more than a couple months) if it wasn't euthanized.
The rescue group I work for doesn't take in ferals, mostly because we just don't have the resources to care for them. In fact, several times in the last few months, we've had to deny ANY cat, because we just don't have room. We rely mostly on foster parents, and we do have one facility for "extra" cats, but it's getting crowded (25 cats in each of the 2 bigger rooms - yes, they are free, not caged up - and 3 cats in a smaller room, and 4 cats in the infirmary (which does have cages, for quarantine)... right now nobody's sick, but usually that's used to quarantine and treat ringworm or something else that can be cured within a month or so).
When I was looking for groups to volunteer for, one group said I could foster if I secluded the cat away from the household. I didn't think that was any better than living in a cage... isn't the whole point of fostering, to let them get used to a home environment? I can understand not transmitting diseases, but that's what vaccinations are for!
As to the appearance issue: WHAT??? Different people like different cats. No one cat is "more popular" than the other. Except maybe black cats. I have heard so many times that people say they're bad luck. Of course, we always try to convince those people that the British think they're good luck.
I personally prefer, if I really had the choice, calicos and gray solids or gray tabbies. I also like "tuxedos". But I haven't had "my" choice in a while. A feral kitten I rescued years ago, was (is!) a lynx point... if I had been to a shelter, I probably would've never chosen that. But of course I've grown to love her dearly! I have also decided that I don't like black cats, for the simple fact that at night, if I don't turn on a light, I end up tripping over them as they lay on the floor in the shadowy hallway! LOL (poor Nebula probably should be squished flat by now from my clumsy feet!)
I adopted Nebula (all black, except for little white smudges on her left hip and tummy), simply because I gave up trying to get her adopted. On adoption days she IS in a cage for 7 hours...that alone annoys her. Then all the people, noise, smells, other animals (it's amazing how many people bring their dogs over to the cat area, thinking it's perfectly fine), gets her scared and even more riled up. So when somebody goes to her cage, she hisses and growls... and then of course they think she's always like that, and a bad cat - even though I try explaining the situation and that at home she's just fine. Anyway, after 2 years, the organization director decided I should just keep her. So I did!