Our Trap, Neuter, Release work here in Sheffield, South Yorkshire aims to try and improve the health and populations of feral cats who live on old abandoned steel works with no one else to care for them.
TNR programs are one of the only humane and effective approaches for stray and feral cats. Now in practice for decades it has proven that TNR improves the lives of feral cats, improves their relationships with the people who live near them, and decreases the size of colonies over time. It is exactly what it sounds like: Cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be neutered and vaccinated. After recovery, the cats are returned to their home—their colony—outdoors. Kittens and cats who are friendly and socialized to people may be adopted into homes.
Grounded in science, TNR stops the breeding cycle of cats and therefore improves their lives while preventing reproduction. Females can lead healthier and less stressful lives by having the cycle of being mated, being pregnant and nursing kittens broken. Without a TNR program kittens as young a 4 months are mated and are having babies whilst only babies themselves. Male mating behaviors also cease, like roaming, yowling, spraying, and fighting. With decreased competition for mating, the cats are also less likely to suffer injuries. After neutering, cats are often found spending more time in groups and fighting less which in hand makes them less of an annoyance for close by neighbouring cats and communities.
Here at Rain Rescue all cats that are trapped are taken to a vet for a health check, FIV test, neutered and then re-released or rehomed depending on the most appropriate for the individual cat. This work is carried out by just two volunteers who work tirelessly to help these cats whose numbers are out of control and health in deterioration because of not only over population but also human abuse. We work with landowners to provide shelter, food and water for the colonies as well as speaking to them about how the program is working and how it can help them.
Without a TNR program the cats living within these colonies would reproduce at alarming rates, their numbers would grow month on month and their health would decline at a rapid rate. Not only would they suffer, landowners and nearby communities would be over run with unhealthy cats causing a nuisance and becoming a threat to domesticated cats by transferring disease.
If you would like to support the work we do with TNR you can donate here www.justgiving.com/rainrescue or text ‘TRAP33 £1/2/5/10′ to 70070.
Thank you! Without your support this would not be possible.