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Purr...Purrs to Community Cat Coalition of Clark County (C5) of Las Vegas, Nev., for reaching a milestone of 15,000 feral cats trapped, neutered, and returned. C5 averages 11 cats per day in its Trap-Neuter-Return program. C5 started practicing TNR in 2010, and the county has seen amazing results. In the past four years, the number of stray and feral cats admitted to the county shelter has decreased from 18,000 to 11,000 per year. The feral cat population in the Las Vegas valley is an amazing testament to the effective and humane practice of Trap-Neuter-Return.
Purr...Purrs to Grammy nominee Sophie B. Hawkins for headlining the Pussycat Festival on November 9 in Bradenton, Fla. Hawkins will headline the event to raise money for the Gulf Shore Animal League (GSAL), an all-volunteer nonprofit that provides nearly all of the Trap-Neuter-Return services in Manatee County. By focusing on TNR, the group has increased the Manatee County shelter’s save rate for cats from 25% in 2009 to 90% this year.
Hiss...Hisses to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish for pressuring the mayor of Albuquerque to abandon the city’s support of Trap-Neuter-Return. The TNR program in Albuquerque has been a resounding success, humanely stabilizing feral cat populations, and decreasing the “euthanasia” rates in the city’s animal shelters. Thankfully, Mayor Richard Berry is standing strong in his support of TNR so he gets purrs!