We appreciate the recent article by Phillips et al1 concerning steps private practitioners can take to help reduce the number of homeless dogs and cats and shelter euthanasia rates. This issue is of great importance, and we applaud the multiple points the authors make to address the problem. However, we argue that assisting with feral cat colony management is not beneficial either to the cats themselves or to wildlife in the area.
Under a one-health approach, veterinarians must balance the health and needs of animals, humans, and the environment. In our