Feb 16, 2014

Trap/Neuter/Release meeting scheduled

BY RYAN BERRY
MANAGING EDITOR
GREENVILLE – The Darke County Humane Society (DCHS) has received support from the City of Greenville and across the county to move forward with a plan to Trap/Neuter/Release (TNR) feral and stray cats. The next step in the process is to hold a public meeting to gather volunteers, explain the program in more detail and to garner support from the residents. Judy Francis, director of DCHS, is hosting a meeting on Feb. 25, 7 p.m., at Paws Bingo Hall, 848 Martin St., Greenville.

Francis noted this meeting is for persons presently feeding free roaming cats, having problems with feral/stray cats, want more information on TSP or would like to volunteer. The meeting is open to anyone in Darke County.

The TNR program was adopted from the Alley Cat Allies program that finds problem areas and traps the cats. The cats are then taken to the veterinarian to be spayed or neutered. After they are healed, the cats are released to the same area they were trapped. Because the cats are no longer reproducing their population will decrease over a period of time. Cats that are spayed/neutered general cause fewer problems for nearby residents.

Francis noted her organization has discussed the program with several local veterinarians and they have expressed their willingness to work with program.

Persons wanting to support the program can help by purchasing a trap through Ace Hardware in Greenville. Persons purchasing the traps will receive a 10% discount and the Society’s tax exempt status will be applied. The trap will remain in the store until picked up by DCHS.

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