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Wed, Feb. 26

Free Trap-Neuter-Return workshop is Saturday

United Animal Friends (UAF) invites cat lovers to attend a free workshop about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and feral cat colony management from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov 9. The program is geared toward people who care about community cats and would like to learn how to improve cats' lives.

TNR is the most humane and effective way of controlling feral cat populations. Each cat in a colony is humanely trapped, taken for spay/neuter surgery, ear-tipped to show they have been fixed and returned to their colony and caregiver after a short recovery period.

Caregivers are important to the TNR process, identifying cats and tracking their numbers, withholding food during the trapping process, monitoring traps, and providing food, water and shelter. Feral cats usually come to trust their caregivers and, though untouchable, establish a bond with them.

The benefits of TNR are not only for the cats but for the neighborhood as well. The changes in behavior from intact cats to fixed cats are immediate and noticeable. The spraying, fighting, roaming and breeding stop. The cats become calmer and quieter, and, over time, their numbers naturally diminish through attrition. Meanwhile, the colony still provides excellent rodent control for the neighborhood.

For more information and to register for the free workshop, call 778-1491.

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