Community Cats Saved with Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR)
"Community Cat” is a term used to describe outdoor, unowned, free-roaming cats. These cats could be friendly, feral, semi-feral, adults, kittens, healthy, sick, altered and/or unaltered. Since 2016, our Community Cat Trap Neuter & Return (TNR) Outreach Program has, TNR'd over 3600 "Free Roaming Community Cats" in managed colonies in the Southern Maryland area. By getting these cats spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and ear-tipped (to identify these cats as sterilized and vaccinated), the cats live a healthier free life in a managed colony. The benefits of a TNR'd Community Cat colony include: healthy vaccinated cats, a stable colony size, a controlled population with no new kittens, cat provided rodent control, and increased life saving of cats across the county.
Small donations can make a huge impact to this program. Every donation makes a huge difference:
- $5 donation can provide a vital Rabies Vaccine to a cat living outdoors.
- $15 provides each cat with a combination vaccine FVRCP to protect that cat from several devastating cat viruses.
- $20 provides internal and external flea, tick, & miticide treatment (revolution)
- $65 Donation pays for an essential Spay/Neuter surgery, allowing that cat to live a full, healthy life, but not reproduce.
- $100 Donation purchases a feral cat trap needed to safely trap the cat for his/her visit to the HSCC clinic for his/her TNR procedure.
The Humane Society of Charles County TNR Program helps our community stop the growing population of community cats by providing trapping service, transport to surgery, post-surgery care/recovery and return to the home colony. Through TNR, these cats will stop producing kittens and the results provide a healthy, stable, and controlled population. Whenever possible during the TNR process, we also try to identify any adoptable cats and work to socialize them and to find them a forever home.
TNR reduces the population of community cats in the area and creates a healthier environment for the cats living in the colonies. We absolutely depend upon your support to continue our efforts to help these cats be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and healthy in a population stable managed colony. Our TNR team is an all-volunteer force. However, we need financial support to fund trapping activities, surgery, vaccines and outreach efforts in support of cats and colony caretakers. We also welcome volunteer help from individuals with a willingness to learn how to help stop the over population of homeless cats, and possibly become a caretaker.
A robust TNR program reduces the population of community cats in the area and creates a healthier environment for the cats living in the colonies. We have already seen the difference in our community's outdoor cat population. In the last 4 years, the numbers of kittens born and surrendered to local shelters has been significantly reduced and there is a documented 30% reduction in the number of cats euthanized in the county (since the inception of our TNR program). That’s an incredible success story that we would like to continue. With your help, we can do that!
We are committed to continue serving the community in this mission, but we need your help to continue this vital work. If you care for cats in a colony or just care about cats and want them to live a better life, we would love to have you join our team, support our program and help make a difference. The community cats are an enduring part of our community life. TNR reduces the population of community cats in the area and creates a healthier environment for the cats living in the colonies. Every donation is greatly appreciated and it means so much to the cats, their quality of life, and the community.
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