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Animal Welfare League Launches Spay/Neuter Program for Feral Cats

Cats are trapped, spayed or neutered and then returned to their communities.

A grant from PetSmart Charities is allowing the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria to help control the city’s feral cat population through a trap-neuter-return program to humanely and effectively reduce the feral cat population.

Animal Welfare League spokesman Patrick Cole said the $12,350 grant targets feral cat colonies in two communities, Arlandria and Sanger Avenue between Van Dorn and Beauregard streets on the city’s west end, and covers the costs of humane traps, transportation, spaying or neutering and educational materials. Alley Cat Allies has also provided some funding to target feral cats living in other area of the city.

“As an animal welfare organization, we look out for the safety and wellbeing of all animals, not just pets, and we care for feral cats, as well,” Cole said. “So it’s important to remember them when discussing animal welfare. They’re often looked over or forgotten, but they have a connection to people in the community.

"But we’re just trying to limit their growth and stop the population of the colonies so that future litters don’t come to the shelter or have a hard life growing up in the world.”

No city funds or general donations go to the program. Animal Welfare League staff are in the process of holding workshops in the targeted communities to educate local residents about the program and how they can help.

Many of the feral cat colonies in the city are cared for by local residents, Cole said. Through the program, feral cat colony caretakers will set out humane traps the night before spay/neuter days and bring the cats to the shelter, where they will be taken to a local veterinary clinic to be spayed or neutered. They then return to the shelter and released back into the neighborhood they came from 24 hours later.

“It’s really a volunteer effort from people who are managing these colonies and care about them,” Cole said.

Most feral cats were born in the wild and cannot be adopted, Cole said. However, any kittens or young cats that are somewhat socialized that are brought to the shelter through the program may be put up for adoption.

The Animal Welfare League is also accepting donations for the TNR program. Alexandrians can donate online or write a check with TNR in the memo area to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, 4101 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304.

Fairfax County implemented a TNR program in October 2008 and has experienced positive results, including a 58 percent decrease in feral cat offspring the shelter's foster care program, according to the league.

For more information on the program, visit the program website.

DoItRight November 14, 2012 at 07:33 AM
The TNR CON-GAME FACT: Trap & Kill failed because cats cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control. FACT: Trap, Neuter, & Release (TNR) is an even bigger abject failure because these man-made ecological disasters cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control, and they also continue the cruelly annihilate all native wildlife (from the smallest of prey up to the top predators that are starved to death), and the cats continue to spread many deadly diseases that they carry today -- FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO VACCINES AGAINST THEM. Many of which are even listed as bioterrorism agents. (Such as Tularemia and The Plague -- Yes, people have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA. No fleas nor rats even required. The cats themselves carry and transmit the plague all on their own.)
DoItRight November 14, 2012 at 07:34 AM
FACT: THERE IS ABSOLUTELY _NOTHING_ HUMANE ABOUT TNR. Nearly every last TNR'ed cat dies an inhumane death by road-kill, from cat and animal attacks, environmental poisons, starvation, dehydration, freezing to death, infections, parasites, etc. And if very very lucky humanely shot to death or re-trapped and drowned (the two most common methods employed on all farms and ranches to protect their gestating livestock's offspring and valuable native wildlife dying from cats' Toxoplasmosis parasites). This doesn't begin to count the thousands of defenseless native animals that cats skin alive and disembowel alive for their daily and hourly play-toys. The only difference in destroying cats immediately and humanely instead of trapping, sterilizing, then releasing them to an inhumane death; is that money isn't going into an HSUS or SPCA board-member's pocket, veterinarian's pocket, cat-food company CEO's pocket, or a drug-company CEO's pocket. And that's the ONLY difference!
DoItRight November 14, 2012 at 07:34 AM
FACT: Cats are a man-made (through selective breeding) invasive species. And as such, are no less of a man-made environmental disaster than any other caused by man. Cats are even worse than an oil-spill of continent-sized proportions. They not only kill off rare and endangered marine-mammals along all coastlines from run-off carrying cats' Toxoplasma gondii parasites, they destroy the complete food-chain in every ecosystem where cats are found. From smallest of prey gutted and skinned alive for cats' tortured play-toys, up to the top predators that are starved to death from cats destroying their ONLY food sources. (Precisely what cats caused on my own land not long ago.) FACT: Hunted To Extinction (or in this case, extirpation of all outdoor cats) is the ONLY method that is faster than a species like cats can exponentially out-breed and out-adapt to. Especially a man-made invasive species like these cats that can breed 2-4X's faster than any naturally occurring cat-species.
DoItRight November 14, 2012 at 07:35 AM
FACT: In _TWELVE_YEARS_ Alley Cat ALL-LIES of NYC have only reduced feral cats in their own city by 0.08% to 0.024% (as the months go on that percentage becomes more insignificant), allowing more than 99.92% to 99.976% to exponentially breed out of control. Here's how Alley-Cat-ALL-LIES' deceptive math works: If you TNR 4 cats and 3 get flattened by cars this translates to 75% fewer feral-cats everywhere. Alley Cat ALL-LIES can't even reduce cats in their own city, yet they promote it as a worldwide solution. Then even bigger fools fall for it and promote it. FACT: When researching over 100 of the most "successful" TNR programs worldwide, JUST ONE trapped more than 0.4%. Oregon's 50,000 TNR'ed cats (the highest rate I found) is 4.9% of all ferals in their state. Yet, by applying population growth calculus on the unsterilized 95.1% they will have trapped only 0.35% of all cats in their state sometime this year. <0.4% is a far cry from the required 80%-90% to be the least bit effective.
DoItRight November 14, 2012 at 07:35 AM
FACT: Their mythical "vacuum effect" is a 100% LIE. A study done by the Texas A&M University proved that any perceived "vacuum" is just the simple case that CATS ATTRACT CATS. Get rid of them all and there's no cats there to attract more. I proved this myself by shooting and burying hundreds of them on my own land. ZERO cats replaced them FOR OVER 2 YEARS NOW. If you want more cats, keep even one of them around, more will find you. That university study also found that sterilized cats very poorly defend any territory. Non-sterilized cats, being more aggressive, take over the sterilized cats' resources (shelter & food if any). If there is any kind of "vacuum effect" at all, it is that sterilizing cats cause non-sterilized cats to restore the reproductive void. FACT: During all this investigation I have discovered something that is unfaltering without fail. Something that you can bet your very life on and win every last time. That being -- IF A TNR CAT-HOARDER IS TALKING THEN THEY ARE LYING. 100% guaranteed!

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