Though feral cats are not always depicted in the most flattering ways, some animal rights advocates are at work lauding the efforts of the millions of Americans who treat strays like their own prized pets.
Actress Portia de Rossi, who has starred in the popular television series Arrested Development and Ally McBeal, has teamed up with the stray cat advocates Alley Cat Allies to remind people that the fair treatment of animals should extend to free-ranging creatures as well as household dogs and cats, Cat Channel.com reports.
"We are delighted to have Portia de Rossi on board to represent the individuals from all walks of life who share compassion for these cats," Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies, told the news source.
She added, "Millions of Americans have opened their hearts and wallets to stray and feral cats."
In fact, a "strays craze" has begun to emerge around the country. According to a Harris Interactive poll, more than 40 percent of Americans report having fed a stray cat in their lives, and about 20 percent have done so in the past year.
The U.S. Humane Society reports that between 3 and 4 million cats enter animal shelters each year, though the number could be decreased if more people decide to take in strays.