Stray and free-roaming cat sterilization, referred to as Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR), is touted by national stray-cat expert group Alley Cat Allies as the only proven method to slow the overpopulation of stray cats and reduce the number of unwanted kittens entering our nation’s shelters.
Montgomery County Animal Shelter (MCAS) may take in as many as 60 kittens in one day during ‘kitten season’ – the spring and summer months when kitten births are at their height.
“During ‘kitten season’ we cannot even hope to save them all. Not enough adopters, not enough foster homes. Many kittens die needlessly when those deaths could have been prevented just by spaying and neutering,” laments Jane Holman, MCAS Kennel Manager and BKMAF Director. “It’s truly a shame. And it’s time our community banded together to make a serious impact.”
Holman has recruited a network of volunteers to locate, trap and transport cats for surgery and partnered with veterinarian Dr. Todd Hayden who can perform around 30 surgeries in one day. BKMAF and MCASociety together have funded the spay/neuter of nearly 250 cats. It costs these non-profit organizations $40 to alter and vaccinate each cat but the groups say it is worth it.
Rosanna Russell, MCASociety board member states, “We’re hoping this will make a lasting difference and that soon in the future we will see fewer and fewer litters of kittens ending up at the shelters.” Russell goes on to say, “Other communities have implemented successful TNR programs. I know we can too.”
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