It is not our desire to reinvent the wheel, but it is our mission to save as many lives as we possibly can. TNR has been scientifically proven to work in reducing the population of the feral cats and make them assets in our community. Using this concept, we have formed a community cat program that is a little different then most. We use the same TNR concept but we aim to educate while we trap and spay/neuter so that future generations will continue this program and we will see results that save lives.
Our community is abounding with people that care about cats. Using this unique resource, we have assembled a team of experienced trappers we call mentors to help us accomplish our goals. Our mentors are given an assigned area of cat overpopulation concern. Mentors are charged with the task to identify the “feeders” in the area and to educate them on how to manage and stabilize the cat colony that is living in their neighborhood. Mentors will guide the people that are feeding cats through the process, provide problem solving ideas and give them the resources they need to make sure all cats are trapped, fixed, released and cared for.
We want to promote feeders to colony caregivers and then to mentors so that they can manage their own neighborhood should a new resident or cat move into their area. Having qualified and trained mentors in all of the low income areas of our county will give us the upper hand in battling the cat overpopulation problem while accomplishing our mission to save lives through spay/neuter.
It is our mission to save lives.
Short term fixes are costly and do not resolve the problem. It is a waste of time, energy, resources and precious lives.
When someone complains about community cats, it is usually because they do not understand how TNR works.
Cats can reproduce so quickly it is easy for an area to become over populated and out of control.
When we can pin point the areas of concern we can problem solve the issues causing the overpopulation problems.
When cats are left to fend for themselves they revert back to their natural instincts to survive. This is one of the reasons why cats make such great hunters.
Feral cats are not the same as house cats. We must understand nature if we want to manage a feral cat colony.
Every living being has a natural instinct to survive by the means of the three main resources.
You will never see a zebra share the same watering hole with a lion or a gazelle grabbing a drink with a Hyena. A preys natural instincts tell them to beware of predictors.
Once the predictors move away from the resource, a new species of animals lower on the food chain will take advantage of the water. This is known though out nature as the vacuum effect.
When a human provides a resource for a wild animal it is an act of kindness. It comes from the heart because you are giving a gift willingly without wanting something in return. It has been proven that the act of giving makes us happy. It doesn’t matter how valuable the gift may be. giving the gift of a needed resource to an animal is a very honorable and rewarding feeling.
Many people think the solution to getting rid of a cat overpopulation problem is to stop feeding them and they will go away. It is unreasonable to think a caring person is going to watch something suffer from hunger. This method has been proven not to work for obvious reasons.
A popular tactic property owners/managers will try is to make a no outside pets rule. Cats don't care about human rules and if their hormones are saying go outside and find a mate, they will figure out a way to get outside so they can make kittens.
When the cats start causing costly damage, Property owners will call animal control to remove the cats from their property. Removing the cats from the property is only temporary because humans will bring more cats into the area. Natures vacuum effect will bring more cats into the area.
The go to "get rid of place" for all the feral cats is a farm somewhere far away.... many city cats that were not raised by a farm smart momma cat do not know how to hide from prey such as a coyote which usually leads to a painful and scary death.
While the cats are away the mice will play..... That saying is referring to the vacuum effect happening while the cats are temporally displaced.
Dangerous snakes native to Kentucky LOVE mice and rat food resources that a neighborhood without a cat colony can provide. They are the perfect size and are easy to catch.
Did you know Disneyland uses a cat colony to control their pest population? They know that a stabilized cat colony is a valuable asset to their business. The cats do not bother their guests, they have a feeding schedule so there are no additional pest problems and because they are all fixed there are not to many of them to manage. This is just one example of how TNR makes fixed cats working cats in our community.
Ear tipping the left ear is a universal sign that lets care givers know if they need to trap a cat for a spay/neuter surgery.
When we hear of an area in Warren County that has a cat over population problem, our team goes to work trying to help them learn how to effectively manage their community cats so they are assets instead of nuisances.
Properly managing a cat colony resolves the 3 complaints made on feral cats.
It is very important to remember:
Only feed at 5:00. Cats are easier to trap when they are hungry and show up to a designated spot for dinner.
Spay/Neuter/Ear tip every out door cat. Fixing the cats eliminates the smell and the draw to cats up to 3 miles away.
Property managers that allow pets should have it in their lease that their animals must be fixed so they are not adding to the over population problem if they get out.
Provide winter housing for cats so they do not cause destruction trying to find shelter from the cold weather.
There is an old saying, The definition of insanity is to keep trying the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
Try TNR.... you are going to love the difference it makes in your community!
Community Cat meetings are every 2nd Thursday at 6:15 at the Davis/Mosby Center 1951 River Street