(04/09/2018)
Submitted by Jane Carpenter, President of the Calhoun WAG Group

The Calhoun Welfare of Animals Group [WAG] wishes to explain their Trap, Neuter, Return [TNR] program and efforts. TNR is the only effective and humane approach to community cats. It involves humanely trapping the cats, taking them to a veterinarian to be vaccinated, neutered, and ear tipped (while under anesthesia, the tip of the cat’s left ear is removed to indicate that they are neutered), and then return them to their outdoor home.

WAG would like to explain the process that it follows to do trap-neuter-return: A caretaker of a feral cat colony contacts WAG that they need assistance. A caretaker fills out paperwork which includes the colony size and other information.

WAG then schedules surgery dates for neutering of the colony. WAG’s trappers catch the colony and they are transported for vaccinations and neutering.

The feral cat colony is returned to their original location and released where their caretaker continues to feed them.

Ending the cats’ breeding cycles will allow them to live out their natural lives without having to worry about the constant stress of pregnancies and mating. Plus, TNR doesn’t cause colonies to disappear overnight—the cats live out their natural lifespans and the colonies slowly decline in population over years.

If you are the caretaker of a colony of feral cats in Calhoun county and would like WAG’s assistance, please contact Gail Krugman at 304-354-6363, or message Gail at wagcalhoun@gmail.com


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