Ypsilanti Township sees drastic reduction in feral cat population after pilot program

From Maine to Florida and Virginia to California more and more towns are embracing Trap Neuter Return (TNR) as a solution to overpopulation of feral cats. Why? Because it works.

TNR works by reducing the number of free-roaming cats who reproduce. Since cats are territorial, the returned sterilized cats live out their lives occupying a territory that will not be moved into by cats who would produce up to three litters of kittens per year. These cats are provided with rabies shots while they are at the clinic to be spayed or neutered.

A “community cat” with a tipped ear to signify it has been sterilized and treated for disease. Photo Courtesy of the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

“In March, the township began a “Trap-Neuter-Return” pilot program in six neighborhoods that has reduced the number of orphaned feral kittens there by 83 percent from 2012.

This is a very good start on a very difficult endeavor,” said Trustee Mike Martin. “The cats haven’t been sterilized or spayed or neutered for so long that it will take a while get to where we can start really limiting feral cat reproduction.”

Officials counted 163 orphaned kittens in the test areas in 2012 but only 28 in 2013.”

via Ypsilanti Township sees drastic reduction in feral cat population after pilot program.

 

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