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HSWC Announces High Volume "TNR" Day

In celebration of National Feral Cat Day on October 16, the Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) is proud to announce its first high volume TNR Clinic with a goal of spaying and neutering 35 community cats. This kick-off event is being generously funded by a private donor.

TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) is the most effective approach to controlling the population of community cats. Cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated against rabies and other diseases, microchipped, and ear tipped for future identification. They are then returned to their original location where they continue to be cared for by a colony caretaker. Because no more kittens are born, the population stabilizes and behaviors associated with mating (such as spraying, yowling and fighting) greatly decrease or disappear.

“In addition to improving the health of individual animals and reducing the number of feral and community cats in the area, over time TNR will also result in fewer cats being brought into the shelter,” said Amanda Bonetti, Veterinary Operations Director. “It’s a win-win for both cats and Washington County residents!”

In order to have the greatest impact on the feral and community cat population, HSWC is focusing its efforts on one identified area at a time. Once all community cats in the designated colony are spayed and neutered, focus will then move onto another location. Cats for the October 16 TNR Clinic have already been identified.

HSWC is collecting data on other cat colonies throughout Washington County. To submit information on a colony that has a caretaker so the colony can be added to a list for future clinics, the public is being asked to email tnr@hswcmd.org with the following information:

  • Colony location
  • Name and contact information of colony caretaker
  • Estimated number of cats at the location
  • If caretaker is able to trap and transport cats to HSWC