Bermuda Feline Assistance Bureau
The Bermuda Feline Assistance Bureau (BFAB) is a registered Bermuda charity established in 1992. Its main purpose is to control the feral cat population in Bermuda by means of the trap, test, spay/neuter & release programme. BFAB seeks an overall decrease in the number of feral cats in Bermuda.
Bermuda is a small sub-tropical island, 21 sq. miles in area that is home to a population of some 60,000 people. Irresponsible pet ownership & a warm climate combine to ensure a large stray & feral cat population that has its origins in the domestic cat population. Feline diseases such as Feline AIDS (FIV) and Feline Leukaemia (FeLV) are also present on the island.
In the 1970's, Bermuda's dog population was brought under control through the enforcement of new laws. This removed the main predator to cats. At that time, the Government operated a feline trap & destroy programme, which had little impact on the feral cat population. Out of the failure of 'trap and kill' in controlling the feral cat population in Bermuda grew the trap/neuter/return programme .
A group of people concerned about the problem of feral cats in Bermuda started BFAB (originally known as the Bermuda Feline Aid & Assistance Bureau) in 1992. In particular, these citizens were concerned about the health, reproduction & behaviour of the feral cats.