Spay/neuter 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 Neuter Return (TNR) and Shelter Neuter Return (SNR) community cat programs. 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 while lowering the birth rate of homeless pets.
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 TNR 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 five years this number can reach more than 10,000. To reduce the constant breeding cycle and the number of feral and stray cats living outdoors or being euthanized in shelters, humane action must be taken.
What TRAP NEUTER RETURN is and How it helps
Trap Neuter Return is the only proven method for effectively reducing the free-roaming cat population. TNR 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 TNR programs, cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped (the universal symbol of neutered 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. 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 the 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 help provide a better future for feral cats. Often, when unaltered colonies are targeted to receive TNR 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 other necessities, the kittens in our Foster Program also receive daily interaction, socialization and attention.
As well as kittens and ferals, our Good Felines team also comes across other semi-friendly and semi-feral cats that we have the unique opportunity to work with and adopt out through our Barn Cat Program.
In addition to the targeted community approach, we also launched an initiative with the City of Baytown. Through this work, we are saving the lives of feral cats that enter the shelter system through humane transportation, spay/neuter and return, a program known as Shelter Neuter Return or SNR. This is a collaborative approach to save the lives of ferals, as true feral cats are unadoptable and ultimately euthanized. This program increases the city’s live release rate, decreases euthanasia, saves time, money and resources, and saves the lives of cats within our community.
Through our proactive program, we also microchip and document every feral cat that we serve. So the next time that cat is trapped and transported to the shelter, it can be scanned, identified and returned to the community. That frees kennel space and resources for a true homeless cat or dog in need, and it ensures that the cat returns safely to its colony.
This is our no-kill attitude at work. Save the lives of 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.
Every now and then, we come across community cats that are domestic and prefer the comfort of living indoors. In these cases, we convert the cats into indoor house cats and provide them with opportunities to get adopted into a loving forever homes.
If you're interested in becoming a foster family for feral kittens that can be rehabilitated, socialized and adopted into forever families, or a foster for domestic indoor house cats, barn cats, or feral cats recovering from surgery, please complete our online foster care application.
COMMUNITY CAT FEEDERS
If you are a feeder and are interested in having our team assist with caring for a colony near you, please complete our online 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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