September 23, 2021

Veterinarian Daily News

Veterinarian Daily News

Feral cat colony collected northeast of Edmonton as part of humane society’s first trap-neuter-return clinic to address overpopulation

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Dustin Cook Thirty-six kittens will be held while Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) staff and volunteers attended a trap spay and neuter return clinic where a feral cat colony was spayed and neutered on Saturday, July 24, 2021 for their home bring back northeast of Edmonton Sunday. Photo by Ed Kaiser /Postal media

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The Edmonton Humane Society had many cat lovers on Saturday morning, 94 to be precise, as the organization attended its first trap castration return clinic to tackle the overpopulation of wild cats.

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Veterinary teams spent the day neutering and neutering a wild cat colony found on a rural estate northeast of Edmonton to control population size. About 58 adult cats are then returned to their habitat after their recovery to lead a normal life. But the 36 kittens are kept by humane society in the hope that they can be socialized and eventually adopted after they have been neutered and neutered.

Liza Sunley, CEO of the Edmonton Humane Society, said the organization is happy to partner with the Canadian Animal Task Force for this clinic and hopes to address other large wildcat colonies in the Edmonton area. The cats are also vaccinated, treated for parasites and given permanent ID to support the continued health of the large populations.

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“While feral cats do not thrive in a shelter or home, it is important that we ensure their well-being and ability to live safely outdoors, where they are most comfortable living with their surrounding communities,” Sunley told Saturday Reporters. “We want to make sure that the animals in our community are healthy and safe and that we are protecting wildlife and the environment. It is therefore important that we help control this overpopulation. Events like this help us to provide this spay and castration service in a humane way. “

The Task Force, formerly the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force, is a volunteer-led charity that cares for animals to help community safety and improve animal health and welfare. Task Force executive director RJ Bailot said these clinics will help control wildcat populations in communities across the province

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“While people understand the importance of spaying and neutering, it can be overwhelming when you’re dealing with a whole colony of cats. Through these clinics, we can support communities affected by an overpopulation of wild cats and enable them to be cared for in a humane and safe manner. “

Communities experiencing wildcat overpopulation can contact the task force on cataskforce.org to explore animal management options.

The adult cats, caught in a humane trap on Friday, are due to be returned to their home on Sunday after recovering from the interventions. The cats have a designated carer near their habitat, with whom human society stays in contact, who provides them with food, water and shelter.

This is the post-operative area as Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) staff and volunteers attended the Trap Neuter Return Clinic on Saturday, July 24, 2021.  Ed Kaiser / Postmedia This is the post-operative area as Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) staff and volunteers attended the Trap Neuter Return Clinic on Saturday, July 24, 2021. Ed Kaiser / Postmedia Photo by Ed Kaiser /Postal media

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