This month, we kicked off our Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) program for Harford County. We call it , Harford Community Cats and it is focused on assisting Harford County residents who are feeding feral cats with vaccinating, spaying/neutering, and caring for their colonies. Feral cats cannot be socialized or placed up for adoption in a home, TNR makes it possible for the feral cats to live out their lives instead of being trapped and taken away to be euthanized.
TNR has been on going in Harford for many years. We know of several large colonies of feral cats in the county that did not produce any kittens this year thanks to the efforts of a small group of dedicated individuals who work incredibly hard to help the cats and the community. They are hero’s in our eyes! Our program expands on the efforts of those individuals by offering county residents a formalized TNR assistance program.
There are an estimated 35,000 (YES! 35 thousand!) feral cats in Harford County. We believe that TNR is a necessary approach to initially stabilizing and eventually reducing the county’s large feral population. This isn’t a new solution, there are communities just like ours all over the USA that are successfully running TNR programs. These communities are experiencing fewer cat nuisance complaints and an overall lower euthanasia rate for cats in their shelters.
Right now, TNR is not currently recognized by Harford County government as a management technique for ferals. We are actively petitioning the county to recognize TNR as a technique for feral cat management that can work as a compliment to their current methods. It is our hope that one day Harford County will choose to extend its ability to protect public health and ensure humane treatment of feral cats by recognizing TNR through local laws.
During the last couple of weeks we’ve started working with over a dozen feral cat colonies in Harford county. We have another dozen on a waiting list that we just don’t have the resources to help with right now. We need volunteers and if you’re interested in helping we’d like to hear from you. The more volunteers we have the more cats we can help.
If you’re really motivated and want to help in a big big way, we are in desperate need of foster homes for feral kittens, KMR milk replacer), paper towels, small bath towels, washcloths, and bags of dry cat food!
Finally, if you’re feeding cats, you’re not alone. We’re here to help.
To get help with your colony, volunteer, or make a donation, please contact us.