The Humane Educational Society hopes to halt the influx of kittens, which begins every spring and lasts all fall, through a collaborative Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) program.
The shelter works with TNR advocates McKamey Animal Center, SCRATCH Inc, and Chattaneuter to manage community cats in Hamilton County.
Community cats are possessorless cats that live outdoors in virtually every landscape on human-inhabited continents. Since cats can start reproducing at 4 months of age and have several litters per season, small colonies can grow into large ones very quickly.
The goal of trap, neuter, release (TNR) programs is to reduce the population of cats outdoors over time. Sterilization also reduces problematic behaviors such as fighting and spraying.
Through various TNR programs in Hamilton County and the city of Chattanooga, community cats are captured, brought to a clinic, sedated, neutered or neutered, given a rabies vaccine and an earplug to signal that the cat is neutered or neutered.
HES Community Outreach Manager, Jeanine Cloyd, says, “TNR is the only approach that makes a difference in the number of kittens born and the general health of our community cats. Over time, we will see a decline in community cat populations and endangered kittens, and overall cats entering shelters. “
“Problems with community cats need to be resolved within the community,” said Rebecca Bryan, executive director of HES. “We urgently need local volunteers to help catch and coordinate people with cat problems. I think the partnership between HES, McKamey, SCRATCH and Chattaneuter is a big step in the right direction. Cat owners, please keep your cat safely indoors and have them spayed and neutered before they are four months old to avoid accidental litters. “
Take part in our workshop on July 10th all about TNR; what it is, why it works, and how the public can help. HES will review best practices, communicating with neighbors, trapping, feeding, seasonal concerns, and more. The aim of the workshop is to get the public involved, as community cats volunteers and advocates, in efforts to improve our neighborhoods and cities not only for community cats but also for the people they live near.
- WHAT: TNR workshop
- WHERE: Humane educational society
- ADDRESS: 4155 Randolph Circle, Chattanooga 37406
- TIME: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., July 10th
- Answer please RSVP as places are limited
Community cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, earplugged, and released back to their outdoor homes.