Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Bellevue's TNR Program Proving to be a Success!

The Village of Bellevue is in the middle of a 2-year grant TNR program.  The Village of Bellevue created the feral cat trap, neuter, and return (TNR) program in conjunction with Cats Anonymous. The TNR program is a    humane way to control the feral cat population.  In this program, cats are humanely trapped, spayed/neutered, given a rabies shot and returned to their original location under the care of an individual called a caretaker.   Feral cats that have been spayed or neutered have a cropped ear.

The TNR program is funded through a grant awarded from PetSmart Charities totaling $11,350.  Cat's Anonymous coordinates most of those surgeries through Oakview Veterinary Hospital located on Manitowoc Road. 

If you are caring for a feral/semi-feral, outdoor or barn cat and would like to participate in the TNR program, please contact the Animal Control/Humane Officer, Monica Hoff at (920) 819-6709 The veterinarians at Cats Anonymous are volunteer veterinarians.

Cats Anonymous Approaches Milestone

Cats Anonymous is hoping to reach a couple milestones this month: the 7,000th feral cat spayed or neutered, and registering the 1,000th person who cares for the outdoor colonies the cats belong to. Odds are good that the milestones will be reached at their monthly high-volume spay/neuter clinic hosted every month by OakView Veterinary Hospital.

“Since we started seven years ago, the demand for our services has steadily increased and is at an all-time high right now.  People are coming to realize that not all cats can live indoors. If they were born and raised outside, they are accustomed to that life and are actually an important part of the community in many areas. There have been barn cats and other ‘working cats’ keeping rodents under control around humans for a very long time.” Says Lisa Kay Peters, Program Coordinator for Cats Anonymous.

Peters notes, “We are so very grateful to Dr. Lisa Lorenz and the Oak View Veterinary Hospital staff for being pioneers in helping cats in our community. In addition to their partnership, we’ve had the good fortune to have the assistance of 25 veterinarians, over 30 veterinary technicians and countless other volunteers who have made it possible to attain this milestone. We could not have come this far without them.”

Feral cats are members of the domestic cat species, but they have not been raised as pets. Trap‐Neuter‐Return programs humanely trap and bring them to a veterinarian to be evaluated, spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Cats that have undergone the procedure are eartipped—while under anesthesia, a small portion of the left ear is painlessly removed for identification. 

Cats Anonymous, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to better the lives and reduce the number of semi-feral and feral cats in Northeastern Wisconsin. They promote, educate and advocate the non-lethal reduction of the feral cat population utilizing the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) method in a safe and humane manner. For more information, visit