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
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
SOURCE Toronto Humane Society
For further information:
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Toronto Humane Society Phone: 416.392.2273 ext. 2149
Toronto Humane Society
416-392-2273 Ext. 2254