Haywood Spay/Neuter Reduces Unwanted Cat Population without Euthanasia

By Connie A. Hewitt | Dec 07, 2012
Photo by: Susan Kumpf One of Haywood County's 10,000+ Homeless Cats

Our last Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) surgeries will be Monday the 17th.  We are in our final push to trap as many strays as possible before the season ends.

We've already handled 857 TNR cats this year.  And only 22 were already fixed, which reflects the national average of 2.6% for TNR trapping.  More than 95% were vaccinated for rabies for the first time in their lives - a tangible public health benefit.

So far for 2012, there are another 453 female strays that will not have another (or first) litter in Haywood County.  That equates to preventing over 2,000 unwanted kittens this Spring from this group alone.

If not for TNR, then the surviving kittens from those spayed females would have had their first litter before the end of 2013 - another estimated1,250 unwanted kittens from mothers who were kittens themselves.

TNR has a significant impact on the lives of cats and the people who care for them - and on the county residents whose tax dollars and scarce resources are used to manage the overpopulation crisis we struggle to address.  Spay/neuter reduces shelter intakes, which reduces the number of healthy but unwanted animals euthanized at taxpayer expense.

You know what will happen to the strays who don't make the Dec.17th TNR surgery deadline.  Help us spread the word.  Spay/neuter works.

Thank you for your continuing support & best wishes for the holidays,


Susan Kumpf

TNR Coordinator

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