What is Trap/Neuter/Return?
Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) is widely considered the most humane and effective strategy for reducing feral cat populations. TNR involves humanely trapping feral cats living in cities, towns and rural areas and transporting them to a veterinary clinic where they are spayed or neutered. They may also receive a health check, vaccinations, and can be treated for routine medical conditions. After surgery, the cat recuperates for a day or two and is then returned back to his colony habitat where caring individuals provide food, water and shelter. (Kittens and tame cats are moved into foster homes where they are loved and nurtured until they are well enough to be adopted.) Since the cats are no longer reproducing, the colony will gradually diminish in size. By reducing or eliminating mating, fighting and wandering, TNR makes the colony more stable, impacts the influx of newcomers, and improves the health of the cats.
How can you help?
We need as many hands as possible to help set, watch, and bring full traps into our care. Do you have an hour or two to help? Any time you can spare will save kittens from being born in the cold this winter and dying from the cold, disease, or starvation. To sign up or get more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you can.
Your donation will allow Kitty Connection to set traps and have cats spayed/neutered as we wait for help. Your donation of $70 will sponsor a spay. Any amount will help because with each $70 we can send a cat to get spayed/neutered.
The pictures below are of cats we trapped. Click on their images to read their stories.
TNR cats 2013-03-15
Feel yourself getting worse each day, not being able to breathe as the days go on, can't lift your head and if you are lucky, you'll just die. If you are in the path of a hungry predator, you are shredded for lunch or supper. When we write and speak for them, we can hopefully educate the public to see how they can make a difference by setting a trap and/or spaying and neutering their pets.
Feral black cat
This cat would surely have died a terrible death alone if he had not been trapped. He has an upper respiratory infection. You can see the mucus in his eyes and nose. He can barely breathe. He is lucky because someone took him in in order to medicate him and nurse him back to health. Sadly he'll get fixed and returned outside when he is better, if he makes it. Many others in his colony could be infected with upper respiratory infection if they do not already have it and be destined to die.
You'll see that there is mucus in eye of the kitten. What people fail to see is that this is the beginning of conjunctivitis that could also lead to an upper respiratory infection. This is a slow death for these kittens, depending how strong their body is to fight the infection. It could result in the loss of its eye, but remember a cat/kitten living outside does not get medical care. People have to put themselves in these cats' and kittens' situations... sick with the flu, alone, no one to help.
This little one is about 13-14 weeks old. He is very scared but workable. If he was put back out he would surely die as he is coming down with an upper respiratory infection. You can see crust build-up near his eyes and mucus near his nose.