TNR Program Announced
Tue Jul 01, 2014 @ 09:00AM to Sun Aug 31, 2014 @ 06:00PM
like to try something different, a TNR (trap, neuter, return) plan," said Roland Bringhurst, Executive Director, Cache Humane Society.
Arlyn Bradshaw, director of the no-kill initiative at Best Friends explained: "When we talk about feral cats, what we mean are free-roaming cats, who have no tags or any ways of identifying them as someone's pet. They live within the communities, but live in the wild. They live outdoors their entire lives." A true feral cat won’t be seen during the day; they are afraid of humans. They function like wild animals.
Of all the cats brought to the Cache Humane Society, only 8 percent are identifiable as having an owner and returned to their homes. If a cat is brought into the shelter, officials say, the chance is very slim that an owner comes looking for it. In 2013, nearly 1,000 cats were brought into the shelter, according to Michelle Althouse, Cat Manager for CHS. After the cat is held for the state mandatory 5 days,and not claimed, it is evaluated for adoption. If considered not-adoptable because of behavioral or illness, it is unfortunately euthanized.
Under the new plan, the cat would be trapped, brought to the shelter, sterilized, vaccinated and its ear clipped, "so we know that cat has been sterilized and vaccinated," Bringhurst said. After that the cat is released back into the wild. It is actually less of a workload for the animal shelter, and it will free up cage space, since they (the cats) don’t have to be held for five days. "For those who like the idea of saving as many animals as possible, this plan reduces the number of euthanizations," Bradshaw said.
"The program has been working well in Salt Lake County, Bradshaw said. "Salt Lake County has been doing it for four years. In Salt Lake County, we are dealing with a lot more cats, 13,000. But 63 percent fewer cats were euthanized. They now have a 90 percent save ratio, after four years."