PROBLEM– Thousands of cats are euthanized each year in Lycoming and surrounding counties. These unwanted animals, whether they are pets that have strayed, kittens which could not be placed, farm cats who are left unattended, or feral cats without owners or caregivers, create the bulk of homeless felines that overwhelm the organizations that try to help them.
SOLUTION– TNR, or trap neuter return, is a method of managing cat populations in a humane and effective way. Colonies, or groups of cats, are registered with us by a colony-caregiver. Cats are trapped, brought to the clinic where they are examined, neutered or spayed, and given a rabies vaccine. All outdoor cats are ‘ear-tipped’ painlessly while they are under anesthesia, so they can easily be identified as cats which have been neutered. Then they are returned to their outdoor homes. The caregiver continues to feed and monitor the colony.
TNR stabilizes the size of the colonies quickly by immediately ending reproduction. The lives of the cats are improved. They enjoy better health without the stress caused by mating and pregnancy. They experience lower risk of disease since they have had medical attention. And the community has fewer complaints about sick cats and nuisance behaviors such as fighting and spraying. Registration by colony caregivers enables communities and caregivers to work together with organizations to track, target, and coordinate their services to cats and to the community.
We have recently started the Campaign for Compassion. We would like to see every community in Lycoming County become a Compassionate Community. If you would like to be a compassionate captain or caregiver for your neighborhood, work place or any colony please contact us for ways you can help. We need people willing to talk to their neighbors and co-workers to make everyone aware of the great cat overpopulation and how spaying and neutering can make a difference.