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The Importance of TNR Programs

Feral cats, also known as wild or free-roaming community cats, are domesticated cats that live in the wild. They form colonies in both rural and urban areas.  These colonies often also include tame, abandoned cats that have been left to fend for themselves.  These cats are faced with a host of challenges, including disease transmission,, overpopulation, vehicle accidents, and predation.  Without intervention, these cat populations can quickly spiral out of control.  In addressing this issue, Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs emerge as a vital tool.  TNR encompasses trapping feral and abandoned cats, spay or neutering them, vaccinating them against rabies and other feline diseases, addressing minor health problems such as parasitism, and then returning them to their original location.  This return is vital to stabilizing populations. Studies have shown if these cats are removed, other cats will fill their territorial void.  By striking a balance between feline welfare and community concerns, TNR programs represent a compassionate and effective solution for coexisting with feral cats populations.

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How to trap a feral?

Feral cats are crafty, and often afraid of human contact. This can make it especially difficult to bring them to the vet. If you are having trouble catching a feral cat in your neighborhood, this article from The Alley Cat may help. 

 18 Tips on Catching Feral Cats

You can also reach out to the founder of Humboldt Humane, Jennifer Raymond. Jennifer has years of cat trapping experience, and is more than happy to coach people on trapping feral cats. 

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