Trap-Neuter-Return, also known as Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) is literally a worldwide effort to control the feral cat population. This program can be found from cities to small towns across the United States as well. It is a feral cat’s last hope before euthanasia, but does it work?
Many animal shelters and feline rescues are at a loss as to how they should handle overcapacity. Though some argue TNR is effective at resolving immediate crises, I question the effectiveness of this program in the long run. Having full shelters and rescues, and the need for an alternative such as TNR, I can’t help but trace back to the source: irresponsible cat ownership.
As a part of domestication, we have assumed a great responsibility to these animals. We have laws for domesticated animals, that when followed, protect them from harm and give the animal the best quality of life. I believe it is time we take back our responsibility as good cat owners. It almost seems cruel to keep a cat locked up indoors, watching them sit so discontentedly in the window sill. After all, a cat seems so equipped to take care of itself outdoors. Alas, that is not the case.
Just as you would not turn a toddler loose out your front door unattended, your feline companion would be exposed to many life-threatening dangers outdoors as well. Furthermore, feral cats in large numbers have a detrimental impact on the ecosystem.
You might ask, how can you make a difference? If you are not a cat owner, I’m asking you to spread the word about responsible cat ownership. If you are owned by one of these delightful fur babies, I have a variety of solutions right here at your fingertips. It may take some creativity, but your kitty companion will thank you with many years of love and affection. Check out our Help page for tips and tricks that will provide the best quality of life for your cat. Thanks for reading, have a blessed day!