Halifax, (June 13, 2016) – Through a survey launched this past March by the Nova Scotia SPCA over 60 cat colonies in HRM have been identified. It was reported that some communities have cat colonies in excess of 500 cats.
Only days after receiving the $50,000 grant from HRM the Nova Scotia SPCA, Spay Day HRM, Healing Animal SCARS, Mischiefs Memory Cat Rescue, Halifax Cat Rescue and TAPA have created a schedule to tackle feral cat colonies around Halifax, set up a triage location to prep animals for surgery and have begun the process of TNR.
Trap-Neuter-Return is successfully practiced in hundreds of communities and in every landscape and setting. It is exactly what it sounds like: Cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be neutered or spayed. After recovery, the feral cats are returned to their home—their colony—outdoors. Kittens; and cats who are friendly and socialized to people, are kept by the Nova Scotia SPCA to be adopted into homes.
Elizabeth Murphy, CEO of the Nova Scotia SPCA says ‘When we care for cat colonies there are many spin off benefits. Cats who are spayed/neutered and properly cared for will ensure the colony numbers do not increase, and therefore cat colony numbers will gradually decline overtime. This means that TNR also helps our natural ecosystems’.
In only a few days over 27 cats have been helped. 16 cats were altered and released, 7 kittens have gone into foster and three adult friendlies were kept for adoption.
‘The Triage location is full, we have teams of people out trapping in communities across the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Nova Scotia SPCA Spay & Neuter Clinic is booked to perform the surgeries’ says Linda Felix of Spay Day HRM. ‘We are so grateful to the donation made by the Municipality that has helped make this happen and to the many volunteers who are working non-stop to make this project a success.’ Stated Linda Felix.
The Nova Scotia SPCA would like to remind the community that 100% of the money raised in their community stays in their community to help local animals in need.
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