Tag Archive: Trap-Neuter-Return

  1. Alley Cat Allies Calls on Baltimore to Speak Out for its Trap-Neuter-Return Program

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    For 10 years, Baltimore, Maryland’s landmark Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program has saved countless cats’ lives. The program is a resounding success and a model for communities around the nation. Now, the Baltimore City Health Department’s Office of Animal Control has been asked to speak at a hearing to explain how TNR benefits citizens and community cats.

    On Tuesday, September 26, the Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee is holding an informational public hearing on Resolution 17-0042R to “discuss feral cats in Baltimore and whether the City’s current approach to feral cats [the TNR program] should be modified or remain the same.”

    Alley Cat Allies is calling on citizens of Baltimore to tell the committee how TNR is vital to their community, and why it should be celebrated and protected. Baltimore residents can attend the hearing in person and provide written testimony and/or oral testimony in support of the TNR program. Anyone unable to attend the hearing can submit written testimony ahead of time.

    The City of Baltimore enacted its landmark TNR ordinance in 2007, with support and guidance from Alley Cat Allies. The ordinance remains one of the strongest and most effective in the nation, but it took years of hard work to put it in place.

    Initially, a city ordinance prevented caregivers from caring for colonies and conducting TNR. Alley Cat Allies formed a coalition with the Maryland SPCA, Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS), and the Maryland Feline Society to change this. Under our leadership, the coalition approached Baltimore’s Mayor and Health Department and successfully encouraged them to revise the ordinance’s language and support the community’s TNR efforts.

    We also worked closely with the community, providing hands-on seminars and workshops for caregivers and residents interested in TNR. Because of our efforts together, Baltimore’s community cats continue to enjoy the protection and vital services TNR provides.

    Baltimore’s TNR program proves how public officials and non-profit groups can work together to protect and improve the lives of community cats. Alley Cat Allies will stand by Baltimore citizens in championing this lifesaving program.

  2. Escambia County, Florida Residents: Ask Your Commissioners to Support Trap-Neuter-Return

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    Escambia County, Florida Commissioners are considering a positive Trap-Neuter-Return ordinance. Residents: Ask your county commissioners to support TNR.

    Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the humane, effective approach to community cats. Through TNR, community cats are humanely trapped, brought to a veterinarian to be neutered and vaccinated, and returned to their outdoor home. In addition to ending the breeding cycle, this approach makes the cats healthier and puts a stop to mating behaviors. It’s the only approach that addresses community concerns and humanely addresses the outdoor cat population.

    Escambia County, Florida Residents: Take Action!
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  3. Government Funding for Yonkers TNR Approved!

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    We have great news! Last month, we asked residents of Yonkers, NY to write to their city council to voice support for Mayor Spano’s Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) fund proposal. Last night we learned the proposal was approved! This means that $15,000 will be allotted to TNR efforts in Yonkers—helping countless cats and their caregivers. We all know that TNR not only saves and improves the lives of community cats, but it also has a positive impact on the community as a whole.

    This funding proposal was a product of the raised awareness of community cats after the horrific killings of at least 25 cats in Yonkers a few short months ago. We are extremely pleased to see positive changes for Yonkers’ cats come out of this devastating ordeal—and we are still committed to getting the cats the justice they deserve.

    Thanks to all the Yonkers residents who reached out to city council members and made this TNR funding happen.

  4. Teaming Up for TNR Trainings in NYC

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    In New York City, the resources for community cat caregivers are growing. Alley Cat Allies, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), and the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals® have joined forces to create a new in-person workshop and online course, with a comprehensive guide and educational videos. These workshops and online course will begin in July, and the goal is to offer workshops in all five NYC boroughs by the end of 2014.

    Individuals who attend a workshop or complete the online course and become certified can have access to the ASPCA’s free or low-cost spay/neuter clinic, trap loans, transportation of cats to and from spay/neuter clinics, and more. They also will receive a copy of the Guide to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Colony Management.

    Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Colony Management Workshop teaches individuals how to be a safe and effective caretaker of feral cat colonies by utilizing TNR methods. It provides the basics of TNR and colony management, including the steps of humane trapping (preparations, equipment, and techniques); arranging for spay/neuter; caring for the cats pre- and post-surgery; feeding; setting up adequate shelter; and discussion of the “big picture” of TNR, including ongoing colony management and working with neighbors and the community at large. In addition, it explains why TNR works to reduce feral cat numbers and why other methods, such as trap and remove, have failed.

    The workshop and online course are also useful to anyone interested in starting a TNR program or advocating for the acceptance of TNR in their community.

    To sign up for a workshop, visit www.animalalliancenyc.org.
    Read the press release.
    Learn how to start a workshop in your community.

  5. High Industries Disregards Cats and Kittens

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    One of the kittens saved by Alley Cat Allies.

    One of the kittens saved by Alley Cat Allies.

    Last week we alerted you to High Industries’ removal of cats from their property—after they had agreed to a trapping moratorium. Since then they have refused to let us return the cats even though their kittens remained, abandoned and starving on the property. This was despite your amazing efforts, which included over 13,000 emails sent to High Industries voicing your opposition.

    To protect the 45 cats trapped by High Industries, Alley Cat Allies pulled them from the pound, and we have been forced to relocate them. We could not hold the cats any longer, hoping that High Industries would do the right thing and allow the cats to return. Relocation is a stressful endeavor for cats and should only be done as a last resort when cats’ lives are in imminent danger.

    The cats have been relocated to barn homes in the Northeast. They are undergoing the acclimation process, being confined in large enclosures for four weeks, so they can get used to their new surroundings.

    Additionally, we were able to save four kittens, including Ernie, Murphy, and Polly. Three were near death when they were found and are being fostered by an Alley Cat Allies employee until they are ready for adoption—the fourth is being held with his mother until he is old enough to eat on his own.

    Because High Industries has refused to institute humane policies, we are going straight to the policymakers. We are in communication with the mayor of the Buena Vista Township, where the High Concrete plant is located, and where nearby, the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk cats have thrived through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for more than 15 years. We are working to institute humane policies, like TNR, countywide.

    Without you, we would not be able to help cats and kittens when they are in danger. Our work in the area is far from over, and we are grateful to have you by our side. Thank you!

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  6. East Coast Residents: Tell High Industries to Return the Cats and Save the Kittens

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    After hearing that the High Concrete Company, located in Buena Borough of Atlantic County, New Jersey, was trapping cats to be killed, Alley Cat Allies reached out and respectfully asked for a moratorium on trapping and a meeting to discuss options, including Trap-Neuter-Return. Management at the plant and a representative from the corporate office in Lancaster, Pennsylvania claimed they would stop trapping at the plant, but we have confirmed that the roundup continued.

    We have already pulled from the shelter 45 cats and kittens who were trapped at the concrete plant—and they need to be returned home. With kitten season in full swing, we know there are young kittens who remain on the plant grounds who will not survive being separated from their mothers.

    Tell High Industries the cats need to be returned to their kittens, and to meet with Alley Cat Allies to assist in implementing Trap-Neuter-Return.

    Just this evening, we were informed that they have ordered a caregiver to cease and desist feeding the cats, so the remaining cats on the property will starve. A company representative at the corporate office tried to claim that the 80-acre property has no remaining cats, but we are aware of cats that have not been accounted for.

    High Industries has companies all along the east coast. Tell them you don’t think this is the way businesses should operate.

    East Coast Residents: TAKE ACTION!

  7. Yonkers, NY Residents: Tell Your City Council Member to Support TNR Funding

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    In light of the recent tragedy in which at least 25 cats were brutally killed, placed into plastic bags, and hung from a tree in a Yonkers community, Mayor Mike Spano has proposed allocating $15,000 toward implementing Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).

    Residents of Yonkers, your City Council needs to hear from you in order to pass Mayor Spano’s TNR fund proposal.

    Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane approach to feral cats. Through TNR cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped and returned to their outdoor home.

    Yonkers, NY Residents: Take Action!
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  8. Legacies of Randy and Zorro Prove TNR Works

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    Randy, 1990–2007, Washington, D.C., a member of the original Alley Cat Allies colony.

    Randy, 1990–2007, Washington, D.C., a
    member of the original Alley Cat Allies colony.

    Jet black Zorro was part of a large colony of hundreds of feral cats living along the Merrimack River in Newburyport, Mass. Black-and-white Randy lived in a Washington, D.C. alley in a colony of 54 cats (the colony that inspired Alley Cat Allies President Becky Robinson to found the organization). These two felines led different lives—but their legacies play a similar role. Randy and Zorro were both part of colony-wide Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs that started in the early 1990s, and they were both the last remaining cat in their colonies.

    We’re sad to share that Zorro and Randy have both passed away. Zorro died on December 9, 2009 at the age of 16. Randy lived even longer—he was 17 years old when he passed away in 2007. They are missed, but their legacies live on. Randy and Zorro are proof that feral cats can live long, healthy lives, and that TNR effectively stabilizes feral cat colonies and reduces them in size over time through natural attrition and adoption of socialized cats and kittens.

    Alley Cat Allies just released a comprehensive publication of case studies demonstrating that TNR successfully stabilizes and reduces feral cat populations, everywhere from university campuses and hiking areas to urban Chicago neighborhoods. For example, a large-scale TNR program in Chicago reduced the size of feral cat colonies in 23 zip codes by 41% in just
    five years. We will use this resource to encourage even more communities to adopt TNR to stabilize feral cat colonies and ensure cats like Randy and Zorro can live out their lives in their outdoor homes.

    NEW RESOURCE: Read Trap-Neuter-Return Effectively Stabilizes and Reduces Feral Cat Populations.

  9. In Your Backyard

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    Improving the Lives of Charm City’s Kitties

    In three days, 115 cats were spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped.

    In three days, 115 cats were spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and
    eartipped in Baltimore.

    In early February, Alley Cat Allies participated in a targeted Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) project carried out by Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS), Caring Hands Animal Support and Education (CHASE), and Best Friends Animal Society. Alley Cat Allies staff led two workshops to educate community members about TNR. Our staff and volunteers also helped humanely trap cats, make sure they were comfortable during recovery, and return them to their outdoor homes after they recovered (the best part of TNR!). Alley Cat Allies was part of a local coalition that worked to build citywide support for TNR in Baltimore, which adopted one of the country’s best TNR ordinances in 2007.

    A Small State with Big Plans for Cats

    Delaware may be the nation’s second smallest state, but it has a long list of cities that support Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). That list grew even longer this January when Alley Cat Allies helped Delaware City, Del. draft and adopt a TNR ordinance. Delaware City joins neighboring Rehoboth Beach, Harrington, Milford, and Dewey Beach in supporting this humane, highly successful program for feral cats.

    A Big Win for Cats

    Because of your support, a plan to end a long-standing Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program at Bayside State Prison in Leesburg, N.J. has been averted.

    With your help, we kicked off a campaign that helped save Bayside’s cats—and saved its nine-year-old TNR program. The prison’s administrators cancelled trapping plans and invited Alley Cat Allies and local rescue groups to assess the situation. When touring the property, we had the chance to see some of the beautiful, healthy cats. This March, we returned to the prison to help with TNR. Thanks to you, the cats are safe and cared for in their outdoor home.

  10. Future Five Shelters Reach Milestones

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    Sassy is now spayed, vaccinated, eartipped, and back in her outdoor home.

    Sassy is now spayed, vaccinated, eartipped, and back in her outdoor home.

    The animal shelters chosen for our Future Five: Shelter Partners to Save Cats’ Lives program have already made significant progress in their journeys to become model shelters.

    Thanks to your support, Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association in West Virginia reached a milestone by starting a new Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. On December 17, 2013, Sassy was the first cat to go through the shelter’s TNR program.

    Lee County Domestic Animal Services in Florida has also made major changes—it now performs early-age spay/neuter. Partners Johnson County Animal Control and the Humane Society of Johnson County in Indiana have worked with Alley Cat Allies to educate animal control officers about TNR—even changing some skeptics into supporters! They’ve also purchased more humane traps, so more cats can be ready for spay/neuter on any given day.

    Read about the other shelter partners’ progress and watch video updates.