Community cats (ferals and cats who make their homes outside) are a wonderful thing – when they are properly sterilized and vaccinated! They serve as a pesticide-free alternative to rodent control, control the spread of rabies, prevent other cats from moving into the area, and save tax dollars.
There is, though, an acknowledged population crisis. There are simply too many cats living outside and not enough homes to take them in. Eradication programs, known as trap and kill, involve taking a feral cat to your local animal control facility. These cats not only face certain death, making it an inhumane alternative, but it’s also very ineffective.
This is where TNR comes in. TNR is proven to be an effective method of combating the outside cat population. Not only does it work, it also makes for happier, healthier outdoor cats and humans!
Let’s take a look at the TNR process (click image to enlarge):
For more information on TNR and education on the process, please visit these resources:
TNR – Fact vs. Fiction
Humane Trapping Instructions
Caring for Abandoned Kittens
How Old is that Kitten?
TNR Lights the Way to Saving More Lives
Still don’t want community cats in your yard? We have some humane solutions for that.
If you’d like to get involved with our TNR initiative, please see our volunteer information to get started!