June 20, 2016

Trap-Neuter-Return

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.