Do you see cats in your neighborhood or around your business? These might be what we call “community cats.”
There are hundreds of outdoor cats in Sheboygan County. Some are pets allowed outside by their owners, but the majority of outdoor cats are community cats – strays (lost or abandoned pets) and ferals (who are fearful of people and not suitable as pets).
These community cats are the most significant source of cat overpopulation within our county. The Humane Society of Sheboygan County implements a local program to our community known as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) to reduce community cat overpopulation.
Why is TNR so important here in Sheboygan County?
Without TNR, community cats continue to reproduce and overwhelm our shelter. Our shelter can help you stop the growing population of community cats by getting these cats spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and then releasing them back to their original living area. All we need from the community is a willingness to learn how to help stop the over population of homeless cats, and be their caretaker.
How does the TNR process work?
It’s actually pretty simple. We have a supply of humane feral cat traps that caretakers or resident can rent to catch their community cat. Once cats are trapped, they are able to join us on a specified day each month, where they get spayed or neutered. We also tip their ears so the public knows they’ve been fixed. The same day, they are able to be picked up and released right back into their colonies.
Wouldn’t be better if the cats were adopted into loving homes instead of released back into the wild?
That’s the biggest concern we hear from the public. The reality is the majority of these cats have never had human contact. They’re scared of people, they don’t like to be touched. When you force a cat that’s spent its entire life outdoors into a home, it’s a bad remedy, and it’s not going to work for the cat or the adopter.
TNR is humane, effective, and helps increase the quality of life for community cats. To register a cat in your community, learn more here.