TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release)

Rather than reinvent the wheel by re-writing an excellent published article on TNR, we will simply quote it and direct interested parties to Wikipedia for more information. Please see an excerpt from that article below.

Tazewell ARC supports TNR efforts and endorses this method as being one of the most effective strategies available for reducing feral cat populations and improving the quality of life for those colonies. Unfortunately, representatives from our local government take a dim view of this practice. In 2014, one of Tazewell County’s Board Of Supervisors said this about TNR: “Yeah, trap ’em and fix ’em and then turn ’em back out to starve to death.” However, right here in the Commonwealth of Virginia, successful TNR programs have been established and are thriving. Have a look at how Fairfax County is dealing with this issue.

Clearly, we in Tazewell County need to educate our officials as desperately as we need to educate many residents.

“Trap-neuter-return (TNR) is a program through which free-roaming community cats (not belonging to particular humans) are humanely trapped; sterilized and medically treated; and returned to the outdoor locations where they were found. If those locations are deemed unsafe or otherwise inappropriate, feral cats (unsocialized to humans) are relocated to farmyard homes. Kittens still young enough to be socialized and friendly adult cats are typically placed in foster care for eventual adoption into homes as companion animals rather than returned to the outdoors. Cats found suffering with terminal or untreatable illnesses or injuries are humanely euthanized.

TNR is endorsed by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) as “the most humane, effective and financially sustainable strategy for controlling free-roaming cat populations” and “the only proven humane and effective method to manage feral cat colonies.” The Humane Society of the United States has also endorsed “community-based Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs with on-going responsible management as the most viable, long-term approach available at this time to reduce feral cat populations.” The American Humane Association is another supporter of TNR. In Canada, the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies supports TNR, stating that the care of feral cats “is society’s responsibility” as their wild nature is the result of human neglect. The U.K.’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) supports “trapping and neutering of feral cats where local charities have the capacity to do so.” Worldwide supporters include the World Animal Foundation, based in Oneida, Kentucky, and the International Companion Animal Management Coalition.”

Read the entire Wikipedia article here.


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