It is established that tens of millions of feral and stray cats freely roam the streets of NY and United States, and breed rapidly.
Doing nothing and using ineffective approaches are what have resulted in the current overpopulation problem. Trying to rescue all of the feral cats and find them homes is impossible, given their numbers and their limited socialization. Removing or relocating all of the feral cats invites new unneutered cats to move in and the cycle of reproduction starts again.
Removing community cats doesn't work. Catching and killing is ineffective, outdated and cruel!
Trap-Neuter-Return is the only method proven to be humane and effective in controlling free-roaming cat population growth.
Benefits of TNR:
Humane way of population control and permanently reducing the number of cats in an area.
Lowers cat intake into shelters, thereby lowering shelters euthanasia rates.
Reduces the spread of disease
The returned, spayed/neutered colony guards its territory, discouraging unneutered cats from moving in and beginning the cycle of overpopulation anew.
How it Works:
After adequate preparations, including educating the community about the TNR process, colony cats are trapped using humane traps.
The captured cats are brought in their traps to a spay/neuter provider. Typically, TNR programs also provide vaccinations against certain diseases like rabies.
After recovery from surgery, feral cats are returned to where they were trapped and are supplied with ongoing access to food and fresh water.
Did you know?
A tame cat who has become lost or has been abandoned, a stray cat has been socialized to people at some point in his/her life.
Also called Community Cats, a cat who has little contact with humans, is fearful of people and usually lives on his/her own. They are not adoptable. Outdoor cats live in family groups called colonies and they are bonded to their environment and colonies.
It is the universal sign of a neutered feral cat. The procedure involves removing about 1/4 of the tip of the cat's ear (usually the left ear) while the cat is anesthetized for spaying/neutering. Healing is rapid. The mark will help prevent unnecessary surgery, confinement or euthanasia.
Kittens as young as 4 months old can get pregnant.
Cats live everywhere. Cats have lived outdoors alongside humans since before the pyramids!
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