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.
Benefits of TNR
TNR is the most effective and humane method of reducing the number of community cats. TNR makes sure that cats are humanely trapped, vaccinated, spaying/neutered, ear-tipped (for identification from other community cats that haven’t been spayed/neutered) and brought back to their outdoor homes. The benefits of spaying/neutered cats include:
- Less howling and other noises associated with mating.
- Less territorial fighting among cats.
- Less “marking” behavior related to mating.
- A decreased in the community cat population when TNR is used to monitor newly arrive cats.
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 thehumanesociety.org
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.