Cats breed rapidly! Panhandle Animal Shelter (PAS) is addressing the issue of cat overpopulation in the area with its Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. Thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities, PAS will spay/neuter 800 community (feral) cats in Bonner and Boundary counties this year, with the help of community volunteers.
With PAS’s TNR program, cats are humanely trapped, brought into the shelter for spay/neuter surgeries, and later returned to their outdoor homes. TNR is a proven method to be effective and humane in controlling community cat population growth. Healthy, natural lives can be led by community cats, and the returned cats will have improved lives. For instance, behaviors and stresses associated with pregnancy and mating, such as fighting will stop.
When “fixed” cats are returned, they guard their colony’s territory, discouraging unaltered cats from moving in and repeating the cycle of overpopulation. When there are no more kittens, the population of the colony stabilizes and then begins to decline. The ASPCA endorses Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) as the only proven humane and effective method to manage community cat colonies.
While adult community cats cannot enter the shelter due to lack of socialization, kittens, under the approximate age of ten weeks, can come into the shelter to be socialized and adopted.
Volunteers are needed to help manage community cat colonies in Bonner and Boundary counties. Managing the colonies would entail trapping, transporting to PAS for surgeries, and returning “altered” community cats to their colonies, as well as supplying food, water, and care for the returned cats. Management of a colony can be a shared by volunteers and can be a once a week commitment. If you would like to make a positive difference in your community and manage a colony, please call 208-265-7297, ext. 104.
To foster kittens, please contact: 208-265-7297, ext. 105.
For more about our TNR Program: Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Program.
To make a donation to help pay for cat food, foster care for kittens, and any medical concerns, click here.