Lynn Morra of Springfield, Oregon, isn’t one to dawdle. Not only does she work part-time as a field representative for the U.S. Census Bureau, but she also feeds neighborhood cats, volunteers at her local humane society (she has been named volunteer of the month), carries out Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), and educates her community about free TNR programs.
And that’s not all—she is a member of the Alley Cat Allies Feral Friends Network and an active contributor to Alley Cat Allies’ Facebook page.
“I have learned so much about cat behavior and TNR as an Alley Cat Allies Feral Friends Network member, as well as through Alley Cat Allies Facebook posts and volunteering,” she says.
Morra has long been collaborating with other TNR practitioners and community cat caregivers, even before becoming a member of the Feral Friends Network. The very first time she did TNR in 2013—for a neighbor with six community cats—Morra called on her caregiver friend to help. Since then, she estimates she has conducted TNR for about 70 community cats.
“I do this work because I love cats and I want to help my community make a difference,” says Morra.
Indeed, Morra has made a difference in many communities in Oregon, including Greenhill, Veneta, Oakridge, and Springfield. To conduct TNR in these areas, the Greenhill Humane Society loans her traps on deposit, which is a common technique for caregivers who don’t have their own traps.
Morra has also volunteered to transport cats post-surgery and care for recovering cats overnight. Sometimes she travels up to 80 miles round trip, but it’s worth it, she says. The impact of this work has been enormous.
“The neighbors have expressed gratitude that there are less cats running around, enabling resident caregivers to continue feeding on their property,” she says.
For the foreseeable future, Morra plans to continue helping the cats and communities she loves and empowering others to get involved with TNR.