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Some very exciting things are happening in your community. Montgomery County has joined a very progressive movement for change in the way our animal shelter handles animals. Texas Litter Control will be acting in a support capacity to end the killing of healthy cats in the Montgomery County Animal Shelter.
The Montgomery County Animal Shelter has been 4 times over capacity for many years. It has been faced with terrible disease outbreaks and euthanasia for space. Other communities have developed better programs to not only lower the shelter’s intake (and save on your tax dollars), but these programs help lower the cat population overall. When you first see this, you will do what every person does. Releasing cats??? How does that reduce the population? That’s just crazy! Let’s go through this step by step…
Cats are territorial animals. If you remove a cat, more cats will show up as long as a food source is available. It is what is known as the vacuum effect. The only thing that will lower the number of cats in a region is to fix them and put them back to their outdoor home. The fixed cats keep the unfixed cats out of the territory. Did you know that cats can have up to 4 litters of kittens a year??? There have been ongoing studies for years at several major universities that show the cat population actually goes down when you return spayed/neutered cats to an area.http://www.alleycat.org/casefortnr
So why am I telling you all of this? As we all know, many cats live happily outdoors and often time claim several families as their homes. Outdoor cats are fine as long as they aren’t delivering 4 litters of kittens a year and carrying on with those not so attractive mating behaviors like spraying, yowling and fighting.
Did you know it costs over $70 to house and kill a cat but it only costs $40 to fix, vaccinate it and release it? This is where Community Cats comes in. This program targets healthy outdoor cats. They may or may not be friendly. Friendly cats are friendly because they belong to someone. When a cat is brought into the shelter, it is evaluated. If the cat is healthy and has been living as an outdoor cat, the shelter staff will take down all of the information as to where the cat came from. Rather than the cat entering into the shelter, it is diverted to the spay/neuter clinic to be fixed and put back where it lives.
Sick cats, old cats, declawed cats, owner turn ins, and kittens under 4 months of age will not go into this program. Did you know that over 2,000 cats were euthanized at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter last year? This number is actually bigger because it does not count those who died from disease and it does not count all of the baby kittens coming in with moms. That is a whole lot of tax dollars for something that has been proven not to work.
Returning Community Cats to where they live frees up space for some of the older and harder to adopt kitties. The return to owner rate on cats for MCAS was 52 out of 7,151 cats last year. That is just .007%. These cats have a better chance of getting home on their own from the street than from the shelter. It also frees up much needed funding, resources, enrichment and staff time for other animals…like dogs!
The program will also help with public education. When a cat is returned home, we will be leaving information on people’s doors so that they understand how to better help the cat rather than taking it to a shelter.
Now, I will warn you, this is not a TLC original idea. The program has works in hundreds of cities across the country: Waco, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Indianapolis, IN; San Antonio, TX; Huntsville, AL to name a few… Did you know that San Antonio was number one in the entire nation for killing animals in their shelters just a few years ago? Now they are not even on the radar!
The Community Cat Program will provide immediate relief to the shelter. It is the first step in the right direction. A little hint now… dogs in East County will be getting our attention next. No, we are not going to release them into the community, but we will be focused on spaying/neutering them for families needing help. Stay tuned for more awesome things to come!
If you would like to donate toward Texas Litter Control’s efforts in your community, visit our website http://www.texaslittercontrol.org/donate-to-tlc.html. We take both monetary donations and non-cash items like automobiles, stocks and property. Texas Litter Control is a Texas Non Profit Corporation and a 501c3 public charity. All donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
If you have any questions about this program, feel free to contact Deana Sellens at 713-822-4368 or email@example.com.
TRAP NEUTER RETURN / COMMUNITY CATS / FERAL CATS
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Spay & Neuter Your Pets!
TNR is the practice of trapping stray cats, getting them spayed/neutered and returning them to where they came from.
TLC spays/neuters feral cats Monday through Saturday for $40 for Montgomery County residents and $55 for everyone else. Feral cats just need to arrive at 7am in a trap. We must be allowed to ear notch the kitty. Pick up is at 4:30pm. You do not need an appointment if you have 2 or less ferals.
If you do not have a trap, we have traps available for a $75 refundable* deposit. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (832) 510-7622 to reserve a trap.
*Trap deposits are refundable if returned undamaged within 15 days.
For a full guide to TRAP NEUTER RETURN, visit Alley Cat Allies. It is the best resource for TNR on the internet.
Click here and review the Conduct TNR Guide.