Community Cats and TNR Programs
There are an estimated 60 million stray and feral cats roaming throughout the United States.
April is the start of kitten season; and as such, homeowners will see a lot more cats on their properties. To reduce the number of stray cats, animal foster care and/or assistance with lost or abandoned cats is needed. This is why starting a Trap-Neuter-Release-Program for cats is a a great opportunity for cat lovers who want to get involved for the love of kitties! Cat TNR Programs are not only humane, but they help reduce the number of cats that are sent to shelters and euthanized.
To start a community cats program, new cat foster parents will need the support from local animal lovers who want to volunteer to help protect homeless cats and get them off the street. To get volunteers, offer free cat toys, cat food and outdoor cat enclosures so cats can remain comfortable in their environment while staying safely enclosed. These cat enclosures are not like normal cages; but instead allow cats to interact with one another while staying safe from external predators including homeless dogs.
Once you have a fond support group of cat group volunteers, you will need to be able to spay/neuter animals to reduce the birth rates of homeless cats. You will need to encourage cat adoption during the time of your TNR Program. Offer cat care classes to interested pet owners, free resources and information about how to become a responsible cat owner.
Cats require basic needs such as:
- Shelter (a warm, dry place away from car fumes, wildlife and other things that may harm them).
- Fresh water and nutritious cat food.
- Socialization with other cats and animals.
- An outdoor cat enclosure for exercise (cats need a minimum of 30 minutes of daily activity and fresh air).
Feral Cats deserve a second chance of living; and you can help control cat homelessness in your area by starting a cat foster program with the help from EasyPetFence.com.