Trap-neuter-release program for feral cats needs volunteers

For the ninth year running, Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, has operated a Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program for the community’s feral cats. Homeward Bound’s TNR program provides for feral cats to be sterilized, rabies-vaccinated, and ear-tipped (for easy visual identification) at no cost to the caretaker. They offer humane traps for rent, provide training on the use of traps and trapping, and host monthly clinics at the shelter for feral cats. The TNR program runs from April through November. So far this year, 46 cats have been spayed/neutered through the program.
Kristin Butler of Cedar Hill Farm in Bristol worked with Homeward Bound earlier this spring to have 27 barn cats spayed and neutered, and praises the program: “It was hard work and it paid off. Our cats are more comfortable, healthy and relaxed. We take good care of our herd of cows and, thanks to the Trap-Neuter-Release program, we can take good care of our herd of cats as well.”
Those who are feeding and sheltering feral cats who want to enroll a cat in Homeward Bound’s TNR program should contact the shelter at 388-1100 to sign up for the next available clinic.

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