The City Council of Salt Lake City recently set aside $60,000 in funds to continue its trap-neuter-return (TNR) policy of controlling feral cat populations. Having seen success with TNR after granting $10,000 to support the program, the council voted to continue the efforts through 2011, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Residents of the city can request grants from the council to participate in the TNR program.
“This is a plan to reduce feral cats long-term,” said Gina Chamness,
Local animal welfare organizations agree with the city’s TNR policy, with some citing the program’s effectiveness in slowly but steadily reducing feral cat populations. “When you simply remove the cats, it creates a vacuum,” said Holly Sizemore, executive director of No More Homeless Pets in
TNR programs work best when local residents get involved. Jonny Woodward traps cats in
While feral cat colonies mostly consist of cats born wild, sometimes abandoned animals will join colonies. Sizemore said some people will abandon their cats when they move because they think the animals can survive on their own – but cats don’t live well without care from humans.
“People should not abandon animals,” she said. “It’s cruel and against the law.”