Trap, Neuter and Release: Swissvale Update

Animal Friends’ Low-Cost Spay and Neuter staff and volunteer trappers met in Swissvale to begin the first night of TNR trapping.
Volunteer trappers met to pick up supplies for our mass trapping in Swissvale.
The project, which continues throughout the summer, netted 17 cats in 2 ½ hours during our first evening of trapping. 
All cats were spayed/neutered, rabies vaccinated, treated for fleas and ear mites and ear tipped (for identification).
They are being returned to Swissvale today.

Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) is the most humane way to manage the feral cat population.
TNR is far more successful than trap-and-kill programs for many reasons:
  • It immediately halts the population growth in the colony that has formed around the food source.
  • The population of that colony stabilizes, as the sterilized animals prevent the addition of new animals and eventually the colony size decreases over time as the cats die off naturally.
  • The nuisance behaviors commonly exhibited by animals that haven’t been spayed or neutered are eliminated when the animals are sterilized.
  • Since the end result of TNR programs is not the death of the cats, they are usually carried out by unpaid volunteers, often the cats’ caretakers, and the surgeries are most often performed at no expense to taxpayers.
With some patience and persistence, you can safely trap, sterilize and prevent two cats from becoming 25.
Projects like the Swissvale TNR would not be possible without your support.  You can help us humanely manage the feral cat population by sponsoring a spay!  Click here to underwrite a spay surgery for a feral cat.
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