Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary (BCFS) in collaboration with team leader Jennifer Bailey and local volunteers will be implementing a Feral Cat Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Program in an effort to curb local cat overpopulation. For two weeks in June 2015, we’ll work to help control the feral cat colony of a local Niagara Falls neighbourhood. We will work with a team of volunteers to take them to be spayed or neutered and vaccinated before being returned back into their neighbourhood. Read more about the Program below, and sign up to help out if you have time, traps or talent as a cat whisperer!
Volunteers Needed for Feral Cat Trap-Neuter-Release Program June 2015
Jenn and BCFS are calling for volunteers now! We are looking to fill roles for transporters, trap checkers, post-op care and a release team. The local Feral Cat Society will be running an hour long BCFS training event early June to educate volunteers about TNR programs and how to handle the cats. Check the BCFS website and Facebook Page for date and time coming up.
NOTE: This Program will count for volunteer hours for high school aged children! Children must be over 14 to participate and must be able to commit to time over the full two weeks.
Please email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering for the TNR Feral Cat project.
We are also looking to borrow traps for the two week period if you have any you can lend or donate please email email@example.com .
How TNR programs are effective
Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane and effective approach for stray and feral cats. Now in practice for decades in the US after being proven in Europe, scientific studies show that Trap-Neuter-Return 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. It is exactly what it sounds like: Cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be neutered and vaccinated. After recovery, the cats are returned to their home—their colony—outdoors. Kittens and cats who are friendly and socialized to people may be brought into a rescue or shelter and then adopted into homes.
Grounded in science, TNR stops the breeding cycle of cats and therefore improves their lives while preventing reproduction. the facts support removing and killing of outdoor cats is never ending and futile, though many animal control agencies have been pursuing that method for decades. Since feral cats are not adoptable, they are killed in pounds and shelters. With a successful program like Trap-Neuter-Return, it’s hard to believe that animal control agencies continue to kill cats, even though that approach has shown zero results.
It is time to put an end to catch and kill. Trap-Neuter-Return provides a life-saving, effective solution for these beautiful, independent cats.
There are so many reasons to embrace and promote TNR! Trap-Neuter-Return:
- Stabilizes feral cat colonies
- Improves cats’ lives
- Answers the needs of the community
- Protects cats’ lives
- Works—other methods just don’t
With Trap-Neuter-Return, you can stabilize the population humanely, improve the cats’ lives, save taxpayer dollars, address neighbors’ concerns, and help the entire community reach a solution that benefits everyone.
Lincoln SPCA in St. Catharines offers a low-cost spay neuter clinic to the public. They charge $65 per male or female cat. This is a very reasonable price to get your cat fixed. Please consider getting your own cats fixed – it is the kindest thing you can do.
To book an appointment: 905-688-2198