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TNR Volunteers help at local dairy farm

21 June 2022
TNR Volunteers help at local dairy farm Feral cat colonies can quickly become a nuisance, especially in urban areas; fighting, caterwauling and the distinct smell of unneutered male cats can be distressing for those living nearby. Trap-Neuter-Return, commonly referred to as “TNR,” is the method preferred by Cats Protection to effectively and humanely control feral cat populations.

Once a colony has been identified, our TNR volunteers trap the cats and kittens. This can be hard work; involving a lot of patient waiting and a test of wills against these naturally wary creatures which have had little or no human contact. These cats are taken to a veterinary surgery for neutering where they are also ear tipped to identify them as neutered. This means they do not have to endure the stress of further trapping in the future.

The cats are returned to their original territory and some kittens young enough may be taken into care for socialising and ultimately rehoming. The end result is a controlled, healthy and manageable colony that will deter other ferals from moving in and help reduce the spread of infectious diseases.

Our most recent TNR activity was at a local dairy farm. After initial discussions to understand the size of the colony and what we could do, our TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) volunteers paid an early visit to the farm to get started. 

On day one we were able to trap five cats who were all taken to the vets where they were health checked, neutered, vaccinated, deflead and wormed before being returned to their home site, all in the space of 6 hours!

Below are some photos of the cats being transported and then released back home.

If you would like more information about our TNR activities or would like to get involved you can contact us by phone on 01952 305645, alternatively, you can send an email to coordinator@telford.cats.org.uk