The TNR program is a large part of what Kitty Cat PALS does to stop the cat overpopulation, improve the lives of feral cats and provide rural property owners with an effective and environmental friendly approach to eliminate vermin. T.N.R stands for trap-neuter-return.
An average cat can have approx.12 – 20 kittens in one year (3 litters). During her productive life, one female cat could have more than 100 kittens. In only seven years, a single pair of cats and their offspring can produce as many as 420,000 kittens. With 2900 cats spayed in only 8 years, it has made a huge impact on the local cat population.
Cats are caught, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, treated for fleas and worms and returned to the colony. Sick cats will be removed from the colony and treated or if necessary euthanized. The colony cats are given food, and provided with a place to sleep.
It has proven that such managed colonies are healthier and eventually “age out”. It is a win/win situation for property owners and cats. If cats are living in unsafe situations or cannot remain on the property, we move them to a farm that is looking for “working cats”. Working cats take care of rodent situations for farm owners.
The program has been in operation since 8 years and has helped at least 500 feral cats.
In 2014 alone we had over 100 cats enter our TNR program. Since our organization has become more known in the community, the request for TNR has increased by 30%. A single TNR cat can cost our society approximately $180 for medical expenses (not inclusive of food, utilities, or other related costs) and this cost is reflected appropriately in our budget.
The program is delivered entirely by volunteers. There are trappers that go out to catch the cats, intake volunteers that take care of the cats while recovering from surgery, and volunteers who return the cats to their colony post recovery.
Volunteer Foster Homes care for kittens while they grow and learn to be a loved pet. All kittens must be healthy, social, vaccinated & pass a test for FIV and Feline Leukemia before they are adoptable. When the kittens are ready, they attend an Adopt-A-PAL venue and get an adoption profile on our website and Petfinder.com.
There are always kittens for adoption at Woofy’s in the Comox Mall and Bosley’s in Comox. Each kitten’s spay or neuter is included in the adoption fee.
Semi-Social Barn Cat Re-homing
Sometimes, older kittens that are caught do not tame, and these cats need homes where they can be cared-for outdoor cats. In return for food, water and shelter, they are on rodent patrol! A volunteer helps interested rural property owners acclimatize their new cats every step of the way. There is no adoption fee for these healthy spayed and neutered cats.
Donations for kittens with urgent medical needs can be directed to our Ruby Fund. All other donations go toward spaying, neutering and caring for our adoptable kittens until they are adopted.