Pennsylvania Town Approves Trap-Neuter-Return Program

Scottdale City Council gives a rescue group permission to help a colony of feral cats.

Posted: May 16, 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Friends of Homeless Felines in Scottdale, Pa., will move forward with a plan to trap, neuter and return feral cats to colonies in the borough. The Scottdale City Council will allow the group to implement the program over the next 18 months, the Daily Courier (Pennsylvania) reports.

Jan Raffaele and Dawn Mehall presented the TNR plan, called the Helping Community Cats Management Program, to council members this week. Friends of Homeless Felines hopes to control the town’s feral cat population using the TNR method in addition to educating local citizens about feral cats and spaying and neutering house pets.

Through the proposed program, volunteers will trap and transport feral cats to local veterinarians, where the animals will be spayed or neutered. After the cats recuperate from the surgery, they will be released back to the same area. Colony caretakers will monitor the cats, keeping photographs and records of each cat to share with the borough as requested.

When questioned by council members on how the group would differentiate unidentified pets from feral cats, Raffaele said, “If it’s unaltered and unidentified, then it’s contributing to the problem, and we would have no sympathy, or even a way to return it to the owner.”

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roxanne    connellsville, PA

11/8/2008 6:41:04 AM

How do we get intouch with you?

roxanne    connellsville, PA

11/8/2008 6:40:40 AM

How do we get intouch with you?

Tanya    Paden City, WV

5/17/2008 3:28:09 AM

Hello to you all. Nice article, again. It was interesting, and filled with good news for the feral cats, for a change. Thanks to ALL those people who have helped make this happen! You are ALL "HEROES", to me/us!! Love ya!!!
Tanya & the FAMILY (5 "K-9 Kids", 2 "Kitty Kids", 3 "Bunny Babes", & 1 very loving and understanding Husband/"DADDY"!!!)

gena    kansas city, KS

5/16/2008 9:54:02 AM

much better solution than killing them but would be better if we could prevent so many feral cats in the first place

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