Low cost spay / neuter and TNR program to solve Cornwall's cat crisis!
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Solving our cat crisis starts with a LOW COST spay and neuter program for pet owners and a TNR (trap neuter return) program for feral / community cats so they aren't constantly reproducing outdoors at a fast rate. Rescues and shelters are constantly at full capacity, resulting in the OSPCA unnecessarily euthanizing unwanted kittens/cats. A yearly budget for these programs are absolutely NECESSARY!
What is a community cat?
Community cats, also called feral cats, are unowned cats who live outdoors. Like indoor cats, they belong to the domestic cat species (felis catus). However, community cats are generally not socialized, or friendly, to people, and are therefore unadoptable. They live full, healthy lives with their feline families, called colonies, in their outdoor homes.
Cats living outdoors is nothing new. It wasn’t until kitty litter was invented in the late 1940s that some cats began living strictly indoors. But community cats truly thrive in their outdoor homes.
Why do I see community cats in my neighborhood?
Community cats live outdoors. Like all animals, community cats settle where food and shelter are available, and they are naturally skilled at finding these on their own.
Because they are unsocialized, community cats can’t live indoors with people, and are therefore unadoptable. Community cats should not be taken to animal shelters—nationwide, virtually 100 percent of community cats taken to shelters are killed there. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the humane, effective, and mainstream approach to addressing community cat populations.
What is Trap-Neuter-Return?
In a TNR program, community cats are humanely trapped, brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped (the universal sign that a cat is part of a TNR program), and then returned to their outdoor homes. Kittens less than 8 weeks old can be socialized and then adopted. Adult cats who are socialized can be adopted, but they can also be returned outdoors, where they will continue to thrive.TNR improves their lives and provides an effective, humane and collaborative way for communities to coexist with cats.
Studies show Trap-Neuter-Return improves cats’ health:
Trap-Neuter-Return ends the strains of mating behavior and pregnancy. Studies show that after neutering, cats become healthier and gain weight. Cats in TNR colonies also enjoy long lives—one long-term study of a TNR program showed 83% of cats had lived there for at least 6 years—comparable to the average 7.1-year lifespan of pet cats.
Studies show Trap-Neuter-Return stabilizes the size of feral cat colonies over time:
Multiple long-term studies show that the sizes of neutered feral cat colonies decrease over time. One study found a 66% decrease in the population over 11 years. Another 10-year study showed colony size decreases of up to 32%.
Studies show Trap-Neuter-Return improves relationships with human neighbours:
Trap-Neuter-Return puts an end to the behaviors associated with mating - yowling, roaming, and fighting- that are often cited as concerns by residents. One study found that after Trap-Neuter-Return was implemented, citizen calls about cats decreased even though the human population increased.
Why is a TNR program necessary?
A single pair of cats and their kittens can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in just 7 years. They can begin having kittens at an early age of 5 months old which can often cause many complications and unhealthy babies.
Cornwall's cat crisis:
Over 20% of all stray cats brought into shelters across Ontario are from Cornwall. Feral / community cats have NO chance of surviving in a shelter as they cannot be socialized. This is why a TNR program is 100% necessary. According to the OSPCA, the feral cats who live in colonies around Cornwall are only part of the problem. The rest of the animals that are brought into shelters are pets who have been allowed to roam freely around the city by their owners. This is why we must have LOW COST spay and neuter program for pet owners and a TNR program for our community cats.
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