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Ongoing effort to humanely trap, neuter/vaccinate and release feral cats in the Starbright Subdivision


TNR stands for Trap, Neuter, Return. Feral cats are often overlooked in communities because they are not able to be petted or touched. Most only come out at night and may run if they see humans. Caring for a colony includes humanely trapping them in a "live trap" (we use Tomahawk live traps) having them neutered, given vaccines, and an eartip. The cats get an eartip for their protection. A tipped ear tells others that this cat has already been fixed. This way they are not put under for surgery again. Caretakers feed and offer shelter for their colony.

Feral cat comet by Cameo Anderson


It has been statistically proven across many cities that TNR is effective at reducing shelter intake. It is a reasonable, humane solution. Cats who do not make good pets (such as ferals) are typically euthanized or refused at shelters. There is a big difference between a "feral" cat ( an untamed, wild domestic cat) and a "stray" cat ( a tame cat who is homeless or lost) Many people use these terms interchangeably but they should not be. A stray cat can be house tamed, and adopted to a new home. A truly feral cat can never be a pet because they do not want to be. Ferals are cats who got little to no socialization as kittens and are essentially wild animals who likely were born outside to stray or feral mothers. Feral cats can have many kittens a year who can cause neighborhood issues by flooding the area with unwanted cats. Neutered feral cats cause less issues and draw less attention from neighbors. They also help control rodents and make lovely garden friends. Every night I sit outside with my feral, Comet, who watches me safely from the bushes. TNR is perfect for people who do not wish to foster but still want to do something about homeless pets.

Barn cat Shadow
TNR/Links: Outdoor Activities
TNR/Links: In-House Care
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