Thursday, January 2, 2014

Pam's TNR Blog - November 2011

November 2011

November 2011 was a busy month for trapping. I trapped and fixed 171 cats in November despite the yard sale and Thanksgiving! Those darn holidays always curtail trapping. The yard sale, however, was a huge success. We raised over $2,300 for spaying and neutering feral cats! So far in 2011 I've TNR'd 1,902 cats and hope to break my record of 2,084 cats TNR'd in 2010.

As always there are too many special and rewarding experiences to cover in this blog. The most memorable job was a colony of 41 cats trapping in one night. This one was exciting because the caregivers indicated she had 20 cats and it turned out she had 41 cats! The photos included here are of "before" and "after" the cats were fixed. These were some of the most healthy and well cared for cats I'd ever seen. what was truly amazing is the spotlessly clean environment the caregivers maintained. I was impressed. This was "cat management" at its finest...

Before Trapping

After Trapping

Earlier in the month I helped Grant trap another large colony. We trapped a total of 26 cats. Thank you Grant for helping this caregiver in need. It took several nights of trapping and trips to three vets but ALL the cats are now fixed. It is so important to fix ALL the cats in a colony. One producing female can ruin the entire effort - those males roam great distances to get romance. Then follow-up is required for newcomers. Nothing about TNR is easy. I always say "they could not pay anyone enough to do this job". It can only be done by dedicated and committed volunteers...those who care enough to go the extra distance to make a difference.

Feeding feral cats comes with a tremendous responsibility. If you decide to feed free-roaming cats, be prepared for a long-term commitment. Cats must be fixed, fed, provided with shelter and veterinary care if necessary. And do not forget that you will have to be there for them meaning vacations may be few and far between. 

To help more caregivers in need we need donations. Many non-profits are asking for donations this time of year but a donation to ADLA for TNR goes a long way. 100% of donations are used to pay our wonderful veterinarians for surgeries. What better way to end the year then to prevent kittens in 2012. Make this your New Year's resolution - I am making it mine.

Donations can be mailed to:

The Spay Neuter Hotline
P.O. Box 33093
Phoenix, AZ 85067

Specify "TNR Program" in the memo.

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