Spring kitten season is upon us, and outdoor cat populations are booming. But it doesn’t always have to be this way. Animal Rescue Connections promotes the use of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) to control these cat populations.
Because TNR is the only proven method that works. It also helps ensure that outdoor cats are vaccinated and helps reduce unwanted behaviors such as territorial aggression and fighting over females in heat.
During a TNR project, stray and feral cats are humanely trapped, spayed/neutered, and given a rabies shot. The veterinarian also will ear tip the cat while it is under sedation. Ear tipping is painless and is an international sign to indicate that the cat has been spayed or neutered. The cats are then monitored for 24–48 hours before being returned to their original colony site. Over time, the number of cats in the colony will decline.
How do we know TNR works?
The program has a 40+ year track record of success all over the world where it has been implemented. We’ve seen positive results in our own area. ARC has helped (and is continuing to help) our neighbors in the Bulverde/Spring Branch area conduct TNR projects.
Alley Cat Allies, a national organization, has released the results of several studies that show that TNR works. A study of cat colonies in North Carolina showed that the population of six neutered feral cat colonies decreased an average of 36% over two years, while the three unneutered cat colonies showed an average increase in population of 47%.
An 11-year study at the University of Central Florida showed that the number of cats on campus declined by 66%, thanks to the TNR program there. The colony had no kittens born after the first 4 years of the TNR program and, 83% of the cats were healthy and had been part of the program for more than 6 years. To read more about the TNR studies, go to http://www.alleycat.org/page.aspx?pid=1612. If you are interested in helping with a TNR project or doing one of your own, check out information on our Trap, Neuter, Return page.
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