Welcome to our newest feature, Paw Talk with Patty. Patty Rusnak will highlight animal issues in our community. Welcome Patty. — Editor
While working or running errands in your community you may have observed a cat eating from a dumpster at an apartment complex or business. You may even be feeding a cat that has taken up residency under your porch. You wonder if these cats are homeless, lost or “wild”. The Humane Society for Tacoma Pierce County recently held a workshop where Pierce County community leaders and animal control officers were invited to learn about free roaming cats. A method called Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) to address cat overpopulation was the focus of the workshop. Free roaming cats are trapped, neutered and then returned to their territory where caretakers provide them with regular food and shelter. TNR has many advantages: It immediately stabilizes the amount of cats by eliminating new litters and decreases nuisance behavior often associated with free roaming cats. Many communities are working to implement TNR programs as effective, humane and cost effective solutions to cat overpopulation. If you would like more information on TNR contact the Humane Society at (253) 383-2733.
Next workshop: Pit Bulls: Pets or Problems? The public is invited to a Pit Bull Summit to discuss various issues affecting Pit Bulls in our communities on Tuesday, December 4 at 6 p.m. at the William Gazecki Animal Shelter 2608 Center Street, Tacoma. Call Kathleen Olson at 253-284-5823 to make a reservation or for more information.
Submitted by Patty Rusnak