THS gears up for May Feral Cat Clinics

TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - The Toronto Humane Society (THS) is helping protect the city's feral kitties one clinic at a time. Earlier this month, the shelter held its 8th Trap Neuter Return (TNR) clinic, with 37 surgeries performed in total.

The next TNR clinics, also held at THS (11 River St.), will take place May 7 and 15.

To date, the THS has sterilized 219 feral cats thanks to the generous help and support of its volunteer veterinarians who make the clinics possible.

TNR is recognized as the most humane and effective approach to managing feral cat overpopulations. It involves trapping all or most of the cats in a colony, having them neutered and vaccinated and then returning them to their territory.

The returned cats, who have been ear-tipped to identify them as sterilized-free roaming cats, are then provided regular food, shelter and monitoring by a designated caretaker. Whenever possible, kittens and socialized adults are removed and placed for adoption.

Just the facts:

  • The THS has held 8 TNR clinics since re-opening June 28th, 2010
  • To date, the THS has sterilized 219 feral cats
  • The clinics are run by volunteer veterinarians

What is a feral cat?
Feral cats are the offspring of stray or abandoned cats. Because they are raised without human contact, they have reverted (to some degree) to a wild state.  Most cats living on their own are feral and live in groups called "colonies." Colonies share a common territory and food source and can establish themselves almost anywhere (back alleys, parking lots, parks, warehouses, backyards, abandoned buildings etc).

Why is TNR so important?

  • There are an estimated 20, 000 -100, 000 feral and homeless cats in Toronto, with hundreds of kittens being born on the streets everyday.
  • Euthanasia due to homelessness is the largest cause of death in cats
  • 80% of kittens are born to feral moms
  • TNR is the only method proven to be effective at controlling feral cat population growth

SOURCE Toronto Humane Society

For further information:

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Ann-Marie Colacino
Communications Manager
Toronto Humane Society Phone: 416.392.2273 ext. 2149
acolacino@torontohumanesociety.com 

Darlene Frampton
Communications Specialist
Toronto Humane Society
416-392-2273 Ext. 2254
dframpton@torontohumanesociety.com

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