Trap, Neuter, Release Program
Many citizens are not aware that we have several feral cat populations living in rural Washington County and within the City of Blair. In early 2012, the Friends of the Jeanette Hunt Animal Shelter started working a program that manages the feral cat populations using a Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) methodology.
A well organized and community supported TNR program has proven in towns across the country to humanely manage feral cat populations and provides education to the citizens. The Friends would like the City of Blair and residents of Washington County to join us by supporting our efforts.
What is the Friends process?
- The feral cat colony is identified by a TNR volunteer in partnership with an individual or business caregiver.
- A TNR team member works with a location contact to prepare for the trapping day.
- The TNR team traps cats and puts them in a secure location overnight.
- The following morning the cats are taken to the vet, neutered/spayed and given additional health care if needed along with basic vaccinations.
- Feral cats get their ear tipped to indicate they have been cared for!
- The following day the feral cats are released back to the area they were trapped.
Trap, Neuter and Release, the humane, nonlethal method of population control, is more effective than trap-and-kill and is more reflective of a caring society who understands the bigger financial picture.
Alley Cat Allies
Trap and KILL DOES NOT Work.
Animal control agencies have been catching and killing cats for decades in a misguided attempt to reduce the number of feral cats in a given area. Catch and kill attempts may temporarily reduce the number of feral cats but two things happen: unsterilized survivors continue to breed, and other cats move into the now-available territory-- this is known as the vacuum effect.
This endless trap and kill approach is a cruel cycle and is not supported by the general public--not to mention is a gross misuse of tax dollars.
Trap, Neuter and RELEASE DOES Work!
A TNR program involves humanely trapping, spaying or neutering, vaccinating, and releasing feral cats back to their outdoor homes. There are no more kittens; the population stabilizes, then gradually goes down. And the returned neutered cats' lives are improved!
Behaviors and stresses associated with pregnancy and mating, such as yowling and fighting, stop. Not only does Trap, Neuter, Release make good sense it is
a responsible, humane method of care for outdoor feral cats.
Do you know of an area where feral cats are living in Blair or Washington County? Click HERE for an application you can fill out and mail to us. We will review your application and contact you for more information and may want to set-up an on-sight assessment for further review.
There are several ways to support our program:
TRAP, NEUTER, RELEASE
Thank You to those businesses and organizations that are donating services and working with us to make our Trap, Neuter, Release program successful! Feline Friendz of Omaha, Nebraska Humane Society, Countryside Small Animal Clinic, Holstein Veterinary Clinic, Blair Small Animal Clinic, Thone Animal Clinic, private donors & businesses, and the Friends volunteers!