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Supporting Trap Neuter Return for all of Volusia County

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I am a Volusia County resident who supports TNR both locally and nationally.  My goal is to raise awareness and support from my fellow County residents to help encourage and promote all Volusia County cities to get on board with the TNR program in the name of saving tax-payer dollars and humane treatment of animals in our community. 
A Facebook page has also been set up to support his petition and cause which can be found at the following link (please like and share)
https://www.facebook.com/TNRvolusia

TNR is short for for "Trap, Neuter, Return", or "Trap, Neuter, Release". It is the practice of trapping feral, or free roaming cats and having them spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and then released back into their colony. Before return (while under anesthetic) they have a small 'tip' cut out of their ear which identifies them as part of a protected colony. Whether people love or hate cats, this practice WORKS.

Feral, or free roaming cats, when not 'fixed' can become nuisances especially when breeding. They mark their territory and become noisy and this is when business owners or individuals start getting upset. It costs our Volusia County cities a lot of money to impound and euthanize these animals (more than the cost of trapping, neutering, and releasing them).

Taking them away and euthanizing them however, is not the solution as this creates what is known as a 'vacuum effect' where other cats just move into the area, and the problem starts up again. Relocating also is not an option as the cats will roam miles to return back to their 'home', often crossing busy roads which leads to accidents. When cats are trapped and neutered the breeding and nuisance behavior stops, the numbers stop growing and eventually the population declines. It is much more cost effective to trap, neuter, and release a cat, than it is to impound and euthanize it. The bottom line is, animals do not need to die when we have a tried and tested humane option (TNR) that works and saves money!  Port Orange, Edgwater and Holly Hill are already participating in TNR programs with the help of a group called Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare (CCFAW).

Under the program, the city provides the funding for traps, spaying and neutering, vaccinations and feeding stations (all at a saving to the tax payer as it is cheaper than impounding and the euthanizing them). CCFAW coordinates the efforts by registering colonies and their caregivers; providing the traps; installing the feeding stations (that are built by one of our volunteers) where applicable and making appointments for spay and neuter.

For more information on the TNR program in Volusia County contact the organization CCFAW at  ccfaw@ccfaw.org



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