Feral Cat Program
Dr. Teena Byrd heads the RSPCA TNR program. She has always had a special place in her heart for the feral cats in our community. We could not be more pleased when she stepped up to the challenge of developing and leading this truly important program for us.
First of all, what is a feral cat?
1. A cat that is not social to humans
2. Moves with its body close to the ground
3. Rarely meows or purrs
4. Will not make eye contact
What is TNR or Trap/Neuter/Return?
View this very short interesting video to learn more:
The RSPCA TNR Program will be a great help to our community.
Strategies for Managing Feral Cats
Trap and remove to the shelter where social cats MAY be adopted —– 1%!!!
The rest will be euthanized!!
This creates a “vacuum effect”allowing a new colony to form when food is available without competition.
Ignore and Allow Ongoing Breeding
The result is overpopulation and suffering of the cats and nuisance calls to animal control
Does TNR work?
Texas A & M University – Trap-Neuter-Return-Stabilizes Feral Cat Colonies 2002
University of Central Florida-Trap-Neuter-Return considerably reduces feral cats 2003
TNR program effectively managed feral cat population in Florida area
Posted Oct. 1, 2014 A University of Florida study of a feline trap-neuter-return program found that a targeted approach helped effectively manage the feral cat population and reduce shelter euthanasia rates in the area.
Results of the two-year study showed that sterilizing feral cats in a region of historically high animal-control impoundments led to a steep decline in the number of cats that were admitted to and euthanized at the local shelter. The Veterinary Journal
What does the RSPCA feral cat group do?
1. Educate the community about homeless cats and promote TNR
2. Identify colonies and communicate with landowners & caregivers 3. Collect data about each colony including the location, landowner and number of cats 4. Cost to caregivers for cat food 5. Organize and carry out TNR
RSPCA Mission Statement
We must eliminate euthanasia as a means of population control!
Once TNR is accepted people will see that the surplus cat problem CANNOT be solved with euthanasia.
How can you help??
Please fill out a volunteer application and state that TNR is the program you want to volunteer with and our volunteer coordinator will be in touch with you. Click here to fill out the online application.