TS/NR SAVES LIVES, DIMINISHES THE BREEDING CYCLE, AND BUILDS COMMUNITY.
"Our goal is to serve the feral cat population by humanely and effectively limiting the reproduction of community cats through our Trap, Spay/Neuter, Return Program. We aim to bring awareness to the community and create compassion for feral cats through education, outreach and service to provide an opportunity for community cats to live their lives and lower the birth rate of homeless pets." - Good Felines
About Feral Cats
Feral, or community cats, live outdoors in family groups, called colonies. They spend their lives in city parks, alleyways, rural areas, and urban neighborhoods. They are part of the natural landscape. Despite what many people believe, community cats can live long, healthy, and happy lives outdoors, and their populations can be humanely maintained through Trap, Spay/Neuter, Return Programs. Within colonies, feral cats breed quickly. A female can begin breeding at 4 months of age, and she can become pregnant while nursing a litter. It is estimated that in one year one female cat, all her kittens, and all their kittens can produce more than 12 cats; and in just 5 years this number can reach more than 10,000! To reduce the constant breeding cycle and reduce the number of feral and stray cats living outdoors or being euthanized in shelters, humane action must be taken!
What TS/NR is and How it helps
TS/NR is the only proven method for effectively reducing the free-roaming cat population. TS/NR is the most humane and effective approach to controlling feral or community cat colonies. Studies show that feral cats have the life expectancy of indoor cats with low rates of disease when they receive proper care. Through TS/NR programs, cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped (the universal symbol of castrated and vaccinated cats), and returned to their outdoor home. This stabilizes the colony by preventing constant breeding! The cats are healthier and have a lower risk of transferring disease; and their relationship with the community is mended because bad behavior brought on by breeding stresses is significantly reduced.
A Targeted and Systematic approach
Our Good Felines team works systematically throughout the City of Baytown, targeting one colony or location at a time. We spay/neuter a full colony within the targeted location before proceeding to next. This approach maximizes our impact within the community and results in accurate and meaningful reporting.
A no Kill Attitude
Through our Good Felines Program, we have the opportunity to assist with providing a better future for feral cats. Often, when unaltered colonies are targeted to receive TS/NR services, kittens are found in a state of need. This gives us a chance to take-in these homeless kittens and socialize them, providing them with an opportunity at a better life through adoption. Along with receiving veterinary care, shelter, and the necessities, the kittens in our Foster Program will also receive daily interaction, socialization, and attention. As well as kittens and ferals, our Good Felines' team also comes across several semi-friendly and semi-feral cats that we have the unique opportunity to work with to adopt out through our Barn Cat Program. In addition to the targeted community approach, we’ve also launched an initiative with City of Baytown Animal Control. Through our initiative, we are saving the lives of feral cats that enter the shelter system through humane transportation, spay/neuter, and return. This is a collaborative approach with our local shelter to save the lives of ferals, as true feral cats are unadoptable and ultimately euthanized. This program increases the City’s save rate, decreases their kill rate, saves them time, money, and resources, and saves the lives of cats within our community. Additionally, through our proactive program, we microchip and document every feral cat that we serve. Why? Because the next time that cat is trapped and transported to the shelter, it can be scanned, identified, and returned back into the community, ultimately freeing the kennel space and resources for a true homeless cat or dog in need, while also ensuring that the cat returns safely to its colony, inevitably saving their life. This is our No Kill attitude; save the lives of the animals in need while reducing the homeless population and decreasing the number of animals entering and being killed within the municipal shelter system.
IT TAKES A COMMUNITY TO SAVE A COMMUNITY!
To learn more about our Good Felines Program, and our life-saving work, please contact us! If you're interested in volunteering with our Good Felines team to identify targeted colonies within the community, trap, transport, and/or return cats to their colonies, please complete our online volunteer application! If you're interested in becoming a foster family for feral kittens that can be rehabilitated, socialized and adopted out into forever families, please complete our online foster care application! Every now and then, we come across a community cat that is very domestic, and prefers the comfort of living indoors. In these cases, we prefer to convert that cat into an indoor house cat and provide them with an opportunity to get adopted into a loving forever homes. In this case, we need foster homes to provide homeless cats in the community with the option of having a forever home!
If you are a feeder and are interested in having our team assist with TS/NR near you, please complete our online TS/NR feeder application so that our Good Felines team can better assist with your request! We strive to provide our feeders with donations of food to feed colonies within the community. We rely on feeders to help feed, manage and track colonies, keeping them within their designated safe support system.
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