Trap, neuter and return program
Several community cat populations live 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 community cat populations using a Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) methodology.
A well organized and community supported TNR program has proven in towns across the country to humanely manage community 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?
1) The community cat colony is identified by a TNR volunteer in partnership with an individual or business caregiver.
2) A TNR team member works with a location contact to prepare for the trapping day.
3) The TNR team traps cats and puts them in a secure location overnight.
4) The following morning the cats are taken to the vet, neutered/spayed and given additional health care if needed along with basic vaccinations.
5) Community cats get their ear tipped to indicate they have been cared for!
6) The following day the community cats are released back to the area they were trapped.
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 community cats in a given area. Catch and kill attempts may temporarily reduce the number of community 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.
Altered in 2019 so far:71
Altered in 2018: 551
Altered in 2017: 408
Altered in 2016: 619
Altered in 2015: 485
Since program start: 2,850
Trap, Neuter and Return DOES Work!
A TNR program involves humanely trapping, spaying or neutering, vaccinating, and releasing community 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 community cats.
There are several ways to support our program:
Let us know if you are aware of where community cats are living
Donate soft food for trapping or a bag of kernel cat food to help those caregivers who are working with us to help the cats during their healing period after surgery
Make a donation so we can buy and build traps as well as build housing solutions for those areas where we have colonies living
Thank You to those businesses and organizations that are donating services and working with us to make our Trap, Neuter, Return 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!