Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | January 5, 2011

Second Chance Feral Cat Program

Cindy Lauper says Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

Second Chance Humane Society has been operating a Feral Cat Program within San Miguel and Ouray Counties for many years.  This program promotes and administers the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) approach, proven to be the single most successful method of stabilizing and maintaining healthy feral cat colonies at the least possible cost while providing the best life for the animals themselves.

The TNR approach (which involves spaying/neutering, testing, vaccinating, and returning feral cats to their original habitat) is far more humane, effective, and less costly than repeated attempts at extermination.  Promoting stable, non-breeding colonies in the same location, rather than attempting to kill or transfer them elsewhere ultimately reduces feral cat populations as the altered feral cats prevent additional feral cats from moving in and starting the breeding cycle again. 

To further the appeal of TNR programs, they virtually eliminate nuisance behaviors associated with breeding cats, such as the yowling of females or the spraying and fighting of toms.  Furthermore, through the testing and vaccinating involved in the TNR programs, disease and malnutrition are greatly reduced and the cats live healthy, safe, and peaceful lives in their territories.  

Our Feral Cat Program has been quite effective in reducing feral cat populations within our service area but we need your help to continue its success.  If you are aware of feral cats in your area (in next week’s column we will define the difference between feral and stray cats) please call us at 626-2273 to discuss the various options for getting the animal(s) treated.  

Second Chance is also seeking volunteers who would be willing to assist with this program.  Setting traps and transporting the cats to local veterinarians takes some time and care yet really makes a difference in the lives of the feral cats as well as creating a better level of acceptance of the cats in the neighborhoods that they reside in.

My name is “Cindy Lauper” and although I was an abandoned young cat I am very social and ready for a family of my own.  I often have this little diddy running through my head about how “girls just wanna have fun!” and feel that I can certainly bring some fun into your home.

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online:  Direct Pet Column questions to:  kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.orgPhoto by Real Life Photographs.

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