Submitted by Troop 45261
Troop 45261 partnered with the Humane Society to educate the community and spread the word on a new program called Trapped, Nurtured, and Released (TNR). We wanted to tell everyone about ways they could help the cats they might see wandering around in their neighborhood. These felines are known as Community cats.
The population of community cats is on the rise because they aren’t getting neutered. One single cat can have ” 1-8 kittens per litter and 2-3 litters per year: That has many as 420,000 kittens in 7 years” –The Humane Society.
Community cats can spread diseases and illness to humans and other animals.
What is a community cat?
They are free-roaming cats that can be feral, but many are abandoned pets. A community cat is determined by the cat’s lifestyle rather than their trait or ownership. The term community cat applies to these cats because home is within the community rather than an individual household. The cats are given food and water by the people in the community who love animals. These cats can benefits from the TNR program so they can live happily in their outdoor homes to live out their lives. Less than 2% of community cats are spayed or neutered. Without TNR these cats can cause overpopulation in your neighborhood.
The humane society website is a helpful place to read about our local TNR program. It’s also a good place for cats to go for their needs.
2608 Center Street, Tacoma
Here are some other local and national resources to learn more about the TNR program.
The Northwest Spay & Neuter Center.
6401 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma
Pasado’s Safe Haven
Alley Cat Allies
Troop45261 would like to thank you for taking the time to read this article. We also want to thank everyone who supported not only our troop but the Girl Scout organization during out cookie season by buying and donating cookies. Without your support, we would not be able to bring you this article, help the human society, and pay for many of our activities.