Trap-Neuter-Return: How to Manage a Feral Cat Colony
Category: Community Issues
Start Date: Ongoing
End Date: Ongoing
Feral cats, the wild descendants of domestic house cats, now number in the tens of millions in the United States and can be found in every possible setting--urban, rural and suburban. Left unmanaged, they reproduce rapidly, contributing to the overall cat overpopulation crisis and sometimes posing a nuisance for local residents. Whether they live in backyards, factories, parks or alleyways, feral cats have become a pressing issue in most communities.
Learn how to assist feral cats using the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) approach to managing colonies and distinquish why TNR works to reduce feral cat numbers when other methods may fail. The course will describe each step in the TNR process, inlcuding working with neighbors and the community at large, feeding, setting up adequate shelter, arranging for spay/neuter, trapping (including preparatons, equipment, and techniques), caring for the cats while they are confined, and other feral cat issues like rabies, wildlife, and relocation.
By the end of the course, you will be intimately familiar with both the theory and practical application of Trap-Neuter-Return.
Learn about The HSUS other Feral Cat Resources.
This is a self-paced course. You log on at your convenience to read the course materials, take quizzes, and submit any other assignments. Most students complete this course within a few weeks.
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