In April, Westfield Stray Cat Rescue's (WSCR) shelter manager, Karen Hubbard, along with volunteers spent several mornings live trapping feral cats from a colony located in North East, PA.
WSCR used live traps, which are wire cages with a spring loaded door that enables wild animals to be safely and humanely trapped. The cat is enticed to enter the cage with sardines and tuna that are placed behind a trigger plate in the rear of the pen, when the plate is stepped on, the door slams shut trapping the animal inside. The cage is covered with a small blanket or large towel that helps calm the scared cat then placed in a vehicle to be transported to a shelter, foster home or veterinary clinic.
The trapped cats were received at Hometown Veterinary Clinic in North East, tested for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), vaccinated, and spayed or neutered. During surgery the cats' left ear was nipped, known as ear-tipping, for easy identification as a TNRer or Trapped Neutered Returned once released back to their colony.
The altered cats were cared for and monitored for 48 hours at Hubbards' home before releasing them back to their trapped location. Pregnant cats and nursing mothers, called "Queens," will stay in foster homes until the kittens are socialized, weaned, tested, vaccinated, altered and put up for adoption. After the feral mamas are tested, vaccinated, spayed and ear tipped, they will return to their colony.
Diana Seman, who resides in North East, has fed this feral (wild or untamed) colony on a daily basis and has maintained the grounds seasonally for the past 12 years.
The Trap Neuter Return (TNR) was made possible by the $1,000 donation from The American Legion Lake Shore Post 105 North East, Westfield Stray Cat Rescue, NY and the cooperation of Hometown Veterinary Clinic of North East.
Trap Neuter Return (TNR) is the only non-lethal way to reduce the unwanted population of stray and feral cats in neighborhoods, and there are many ways to support this worthy cause. For information on how to make a 501c3 tax deductable donation to support future TNR projects, get involved fostering or adopting rescued cats/kittens, or donating unwanted 60 to 100 gallon Coolers (such as Coleman) that are refurbished into cat shelters please call WSCR @ 326-2404 or 814-725-0063.