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in Kitsap County? We can help!!
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Program For Community Cats
Our goal is to humanely stabilize and gradually reduce *Kitsap County’s free-roaming and feral cat population. Kitsap Humane Society will work with volunteers, local spay/neuter groups and community cat caretakers to implement the program. Benefits of this program include: fewer to no births, reduction of nuisance complaints by residents, alleviation of public health concerns and lower animal control costs. Spayed and neutered cats make better neighbors and will help reduce the cat overpopulation problem and euthanasia rates.
Scientific studies show that TNR is the only humane and effective solution for managing feral cats. Attempts to permanently remove cats from an area always fail because of a natural and documented phenomenon known as the vacuum effect. In basic terms, whenever cats are removed, new cats move in, or the surviving cats left behind, breed to capacity. As a result of the vacuum effect, other approaches to feral cats, such as trap and kill, are not only cruel and pointless, they are also completely ineffective at stabilizing the cat population.
*This program is intended as a pilot program and will serve as a model for future TNR projects throughout the entire county. We encourage volunteer participation by all Kitsap County residents in the TNR program.
What does the Trap, Neuter & Release program do:
- Assisting with canvassing the neighborhood and humanely trapping un-owned cats, which will be returned 24 hours after surgery. (click here for TNR guidelines)
- Providing free spaying and neutering for cats in select Kitsap County areas.
- Vaccinating against rabies.
- Once trapped, sterilized and vaccinated, cats will be ear-tipped for identification purposes. By ear tipping we will easily identify a cat as being already sterilized and reduce stressful handling.
- Providing support for colony caretakers. Educating the public about free roaming cats and care. Determining disposition of potentially adoptable cats and kittens trapped during the TNR process and encouraging adoptive placement for friendly cats and kittens.
Please contact Kitsap Humane Society for more information on volunteering or if you have a colony that needs spay/neuter. (360) 692-6977
Learn how to help trap, neuter and return! Upcoming classes will be posted on the Community Cats Facebook page as events. You can RSVP and get more info on that page.
- Do you have kittens?
They can be safely and successfully spayed or neutered as early as 8 weeks, or a healthy 2 pounds. Click here for more information on the benefits of pediatric spay/neuter. Be sure to check out Kitsap Humane Society's Litter Abatement Program too! We will spay the mother free-of-charge, return her to you and spay/neuter her litter and find them loving, forever homes!
- Do you know what to do if you see a stray cat?
Step 1: Feed
To get the cats used to coming out and eating while you are there (and help with your assessment process), establish a set time and place to feed the cats every day in an area that is safe and dry. Feed the cats as much as they can eat in a 30-minute period, and pick up the food after that period. If you have a feeding station, make sure it is positioned in an area that is free of human traffic and inconspicuous.
Step 2: Assess
Use a tracking sheet to document general descriptions of the cats and how many you are seeing. This is very useful when trapping, to know which cats have been trapped and which ones remain. Often there are unseen ferals in a colony, so plan for 1-3 extra cat surgeries. Track pregnancies and nursing mothers closely, as this may change a trapping plan. As soon as you are seeing kittens, they should get into rescue for socializing and re-homing! Generally, any kittens under 10 weeks of age have a high chance of taming down and getting adopted out to loving, indoor homes.
Step 3: Plan your Trap-Neuter-Return
See our Facebook page for upcoming TNR classes! Once the class is completed, we have humane live traps that can be checked out with a deposit, no more than 2 at a time. A lot of preparation goes into successful trapping and it is important to follow procedures that ensure the safety of you AND the cats. Call (253) 237-2214 to make trap/surgery reservations. The cost of each cat's surgery is $25 (includes spay or neuter, a rabies vaccine and an ear-tip). If you are seeing more than 2 cats, it's best to call us to coordinate a mass trapping and get all of the cats trapped at once. Canvassing the neighborhood before trapping is vital, to prevent pet cats from getting trapped and gaining community cooperation in withholding food the day before trapping. After surgery, all of the cats will be ear-tipped and newcomers are easily identified (and TNR'd) so that the population of the colony can be controlled.
*Note - If you are unable to perform the trapping, follow steps 1 & 2 and call us. You can also e-mail for assistance or referrals, at email@example.com.
Helpful links on community cat care:
• www.meetup.com/KitsapFerals/ (Kitsap County, Washington)
• www.alleycat.org (Virginia)
• www.Feralcatproject.org (Washington)
• www.communitykitties.com (Washington)
• www.Feralcat.com (California)
• www.Fixourferals.org (California)
• www.Indyferal.org (Indiana)
• www.Neighborhoodcats.org (New York)
• www.Nycferalcat.org (New York)