TNR program a success

By Chris Cooper -

One of the many volunteers who helped the Logan County Humane Society during its TNR program last week sets a trap.

There will be a few less cats producing in the city of Russellville thanks to the Logan County Humane Society’s Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program, which was held last week. Another thanks goes out to the many volunteers who helped set traps, transported, and returned the cats to where they were caught. This is the third time the TNR has been held by the local humane society. Through last week’s TNR, the humane society was able to get 19 cats spayed/neutered.

In a Trap-Neuter-Return program, community cats are humanely trapped (with box traps), brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped (the universal sign that a cat has been neutered and vaccinated), and then returned to their outdoor home. Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane and effective approach for stray and feral cats.

TNR has been in practice for decades in the United States after being proven in Europe. Scientific studies show that Trap-Neuter-Return program improves the lives of feral cats, improves their relationships with the people who live near them, and decreases the size of colonies over time. Trap-Neuter-Return is successfully practiced in hundreds of communities and in every landscape and setting.

No matter how you do the math, there are too many cats/kittens and too few homes. Feral cats are plentiful in communities, and Logan County is not immune. Many complaints are heard by the humane society about feral cats. The TNR program helps elevate these problems while allowing cats to live out their days not producing more.

A feral cat can take care of itself. They eat insects, birds and in some instances are fed by citizens. The problem with a feral cat is they breed, which continues the process of overpopulation.

The average number of litters a fertile cat produces is one to two a year; the average number of kittens is four to six per litter. Literally thousands of cats can be produced over a 10 year period from just a few cats. By implementing a TNR program in our area, the humane society is literally stopping hundreds of feral cats from being born.

The Logan County Humane Society had plenty of help last week trapping the feral cats. The society continued its focus on Russellville hitting areas in Daleview subdivision and other areas.

“I can’t say enough about the volunteers we had and the Logan County Animal Clinic,” said Amanda Castile, Director of the Logan County Humane Society. “We could not have done this if it were not for all who helped us get this done.”

Trap-Neuter-Return saves cats’ lives and is effective. TNR improves the lives of cats, addresses community concerns, reduces complaints about cats, and stops the breeding cycle. Once TNR is carried out, cats and people co-exist.

“This program will have to be carried out every year for it to make a difference,” said Castile. “By trapping as many as we can each year, it reduces breeding, which will eventually reduce the feral cat population.”

Scientific studies and communities with TNR programs are proof that TNR does what it is intended to do: reduce and stabilize populations of community cats.

Alley Cat Allies brought the TNR methods proven in the UK to the U.S. They launched a national movement with educational materials, regional workshops, mobilization of advocates, and re-writing laws so that TNR has become mainstream.

Alley Cat Allies is the national­ engine of change for cats. They are seen around the world as a global champion for the humane treatment of all cats. The organization works toward a world where every cat is valued and protected and every community and shelter has policies and programs to save their lives.

One of the many volunteers who helped the Logan County Humane Society during its TNR program last week sets a trap. of the many volunteers who helped the Logan County Humane Society during its TNR program last week sets a trap.

By Chris Cooper

To contact Chris Cooper, email or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email or call 270-726-8394.

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