A meeting of the TNR (Trap, Neuter/Spay, Release) Initiative is scheduled for March 7 at 5 p.m. at the City’s Municipal Building, 560 Second Street.
The TNR Initiative is an attempt to control overpopulation of cats in specific areas by reducing their numbers through spay and neuter. Trap/Neuter/Release is the most humane and effective method to manage feral cat colonies. TNR reduces the number of kittens born in a colony, thereby reducing rapid population growth. TNR also reduces or eliminates some of the negative behaviors exhibited by intact male and female cats such as scent marking and yowling. TNR also provides a public health benefit by vaccinating feral cats against rabies. TNR is a public service that protects the community and cats who have few, if any, other options while still providing some qualify of life to the adult cats. Almost 100% of feral cats taken to shelters will be euthanized as unadoptable, and removing some cats from a colony only provides space for more cats to move in.