MARSHFIELD, Wisconsin (WSAW) – The Marshfield area animal shelter recently adopted a new program called trap-neutral-release (TNR) to help reduce the number of feral cats in its community.
Through this program, feral cats will be trapped, neutered or neutered and released from where they came.
While cats undergo surgery, vets also examine them for other health issues, such as fleas and abscesses. They will also receive basic vaccines, such as a vaccine against rabies and distemper.
“Research all shows cats are healthier after being trapped, neutered and brought back,” said shelter manager Kaitlin Loberg.
“Cats that go through the TNR program do not need to be confined two weeks after surgery because it is very stressful for them to be confined. It is actually safer for them to come home and recover where they are comfortable, ”Loberg said.
But, some kittens or cats that pass through the shelter may need a little more attention than a simple sterilization. One of the shelter’s kittens, Nugget, entered the shelter with an upper respiratory infection that affected his eyes, Loberg said. “He didn’t want to eat or drink or get up and move at all, but now he’s a very happy and playful boy after a lot of supportive care. “
The shelter relies on grants from larger organizations and a low-cost sterilization and sterilization clinic specializing in TNR.
Loberg said the most important step is to determine the number of cats in a colony. The public can help by dropping off food for 30 minutes and watching the number of cats that pass by each day. The public can then call the organization at 715-486-5140 or use an email to tell the shelter how many people have been seen in the area.
Once the shelter has an idea of the number of cats in the area, they place traps so that they can be spayed or neutered. During surgery, cats are also given an ear tip where the tip of their ear is pulled out so that people can identify that the cat is a feral cat and does not belong to anyone so that they are no longer trapped.
July 1 is the official start of this program. This means that any feral cat that enters the shelter will be repaired and then released to the area from which it was taken.
Anyone interested in more information or resources from the shelter can visit their website here.
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