Ashtabula Community Cats is one of several chapters of the Lake County/Ashtabula County Community Cat groups. We focus on colonies in Ashtabula, Ohio.
What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)?
TNR is a humane, effective approach to managing feral cats. These cats are humanely trapped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped and then returned to their outdoor home. If caught early enough, some kittens can be socialized and placed for adoption as a pet. Over time, the feral cat population should stabilize (ie. no more kittens) which will improve the feral cats life and relationships with their human neighbors because the behaviors associated with mating will stop.
How can you help?
- Don’t add to the problem. Get your own cat spayed/neutered.
- If you choose to feed feral cats, remember they need health care as well. If you can’t manage on-going care, at least get them spayed/neutered
- Volunteer your time to help trap, transport, foster, educate, etc.
- Make a donation. As little as $25 will get a stray or feral cat spayed/neutered, ear-tipped* and vaccinated!
*Ear-tipping shows that a cat has been spayed/neutered and vaccinated. It is when a small portion of the tip of a feral cat’s left ear is removed during the neuter surgery and is painless for the cat.