Does TNR of Feral Cats Make a Difference?
This month is Adopt-a-Cat month but instead of sharing a single cat that needs some help or a litter of kittens. Adopting a Cat is Awesome. Fostering a litter of kittens to they can grow up in a home environment away from the noise and diseases at a shelter is fantastic. But there is a very serious issue when it come to cats and kittens. They arrive at shelters in such large numbers that they do not find their way back out again.
The bigger discussion is how we cut down on those numbers to really make a difference. That discussion focuses on feral cats and how we can cut down on Feline Euthanasia Rates in Shelters through TNR efforts. Every little thing helps but in order to make the biggest impact and truly make an impact TNR seems to be the way to go.
What is TNR?
TNR is Trap – Neuter – Release
What happens is that you or an organization you call in sets out humane traps in order to catch all of the street cats and feral cats in your area. They then take the cats to the vet to be spayed or neutered and given their rabies vaccination. Once the cats have healed from their surgery they are released right back to where they came from. Yes right back into your neighborhood to continue their mouse hunting. Right back in your neighborhood to keep new cats outs and most importantly not to produce another litter of unwanted kittens. The cats can now do their “job” without risk of contracting rabies and spreading the disease to your own dogs or cats. Some TNR organizations will even give the cat a dose of flea and tick preventative to help keep fleas and ticks out of your area.
Does TNR Make a Difference?
Yes, it makes a huge difference. TNR of unwanted cats allows shelters to release these cats into the community to keep rodents at bay. More importantly it keeps the cages empty or at least not overflowing. Feral cats rarely find a place to call their own. All they want is a dry place to sleep and get out of the weather which is why is rural communities these cats often find homes with farmers to keep their field free of rats and mice and their barns clean too. But farmers can’t take them all which means that large numbers of cats are Euthanized each year.
I live in a small rural community. Last year our County Animal Control had to Euthanise 800 unwanted cats and kittens because they had no room for them and no where to take them. This year that number as of 2 weeks ago was 75. The shelter obtained a local grant that allowed them to test out the TNR thing. And it worked. There were no healthy cats put down the entire month. So the shelter director searched for large animals facing organizations that offer grant money for TNR and got back to work.
How does TNR work?
The shelter will receive a call about a colony of cats. They will schedule that colony to be on the next transport to see the vet. The night before their scheduled appointment the shelter will go out and put out traps to catch the cats and kittens and they will pick them up early in the morning before the sun comes up for transport to the vet. They are spayed or neutered and given their rabies vaccination and taken back to the shelter to recover before being put back where they were found. If the people really don’t want them or don’t watn them all back the shelter will find somewhere else that the cats can live that is near people for food and shelter.
What Do You Think. Does TNR of Feral Cats Make a Difference?
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