We as Township Residents and Taxpayers, would like to finally see a Community Cat Management Program (TNR) to reduce the number of stray cats in the Township and reduce the number and costs of cats entering the shelter.
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Recently, Animal Control was called out to trap a cat that was reportedly to be hit by a car. They were unable to and left a trap for the homeowner to set it. The same owner had called Easel of Ewing to help out and Easel reached out to us at Hamilton TNR. We were able to trap Doug and he was in bad shape. We ran him up to the vet with Financial support from Easel and got him medical attention.
The ending result was, Doug could not be saved due to numerous injuries such as a broken jaw, (R) front leg injury, flesh wound (R) cheek, blood coming from his ears, and hip displasia.
This could of prevented with a proper Community Cat Management Program (TNR) because Doug was unfixed and roaming around looking for a female in heat. We had already performed TNR on this household and pulled 14 kittens from the location. We will not have anymore "Dougs" running around and suffering in that end of town. It also shows that The Animal Shelter CAN work with Rescue Groups!
Over the years, the stray cat population has been ignored by the Township and as a result, we have an explosion of kittens every year.
With proper education, colony management, spaying/neutering, we will be able to reduce the overall stray cat population over time.
Major Cities and Townships that have already established a Community Cat Management Program (TNR) have shown that it does work and reduces the number of complaints, and needless suffering by the cats, via predators, being hit by cars, disease and Shelter costs.
With a proper program, education is needed and co-operation from the Township to achieve the goal of a reduction in the number of cats. Everyone seems to think feeding is the source of the problem and that Rescue Groups go out and set up colonies. This is far from the truth. If people were educated, they will find out that we go to where the cats are, we dont attract them. Also, feeding keeps the cats overall health to fight off disease and the weather. Spaying and Neutering not only reduces the amount of kittens born, its is also great for the overall health of the cats.
With Hamilton Township full of woods and trees harboring wild animals, TNR also helps prevent the spread of Rabies from interaction with Raccoon's which are known to be the biggest carries of the disease.
We URGE you to seriously look at starting a program and work in conjunction with Rescue Groups to do TNR and adoptions with the goal in mind of Accepting a working model of a well organized and managed Community Cat Management program.
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