Is your neighborhood over-run with feral (wild) cats? How about unwanted and stray pets that were “dumped”? Have you noticed the never-ending cycle of unwanted kittens? If fighting, yowling and spraying behaviors are causing a problem for you, we can help!
The Hermitage No-Kill Cat shelter has a TNR program that is available to the public.
TNR, or trap-neuter-return, is a humane, simple and effective approach to managing feral and stray cat populations. Eventually this leads to a decrease in feral and unwanted cats in the area. Sterilization also helps keep the cats calmer, healthier and leads to fewer aggressive and unwanted behaviors like fighting and spraying.
Male cats that are neutered tend to roam less often; female cats that are spayed don’t have litter after litter of kittens. This helps them maintain their own health, as well, making them less likely to be preyed upon by large predators because they are healthy enough to defend themselves.
TNR IS EASY:
Trap: The cats are caught and transported to a clinic or veterinarian using safe, humane traps.
Neuter/Spay: The cats are neutered/spayed, “ear-tipped” and vaccinated for Rabies and FVRCP*.
Return: The cats are returned to the area from which they were trapped, and allowed to continue to live in their colony.
The Community Cat Initiative is the Hermitage’s TNR program. Humane traps are available for rent for a $40 cash deposit per trap, which is fully refundable upon return. Traps may be picked up at The Hermitage during regular business hours – Tuesday thru Saturday 10AM to 5PM
Other information regarding the trap-neuter-return approach and general information about feral and stray cats is available upon request. We can also offer tips and tricks for effective trapping and even provide a list of things you might need to be a better trapper.
*The Humane Society will also test the ferals for FIV/FeLV for a $25 fee per cat. Check with the clinic you are using for prices, if testing is desired.