The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) will hold the first workshop of 2012 for residents who want to help reduce the number of homeless cats and provide feral cats with much-needed care. This workshop will teach residents how utilize a Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) strategy, which has proven to be the most effective and humane way of handling feral cats.
MHS’ TNR program gives individuals who wish to manage a feral cat colony near their home or place of employment the chance to provide the animals with vaccinations, sterilization and veterinary care. Caretakers will be trained on proper techniques and equipment to humanely trap feral cats and bring them to the MHS for veterinary care. The animals will then be released back to their habitat by their caretaker.
For those interested in becoming a feral cat colony caretaker and participating in the TNR program, MHS is hosting this required workshop at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Michigan Humane Society’s administrative office in Bingham Farms, located at 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220. Attendees can register online or get more information at www.michiganhumane.org/feral or by phone at 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263), Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. An RSVP is required.
Providing a TNR service for feral cats is a critical component of lowering the number of unadoptable animals coming into shelters, as feral cats generally cannot be adopted into homes unless they are young enough to be properly socialized with humans. TNR is the best way to allow the cats to humanely live out their lives in their natural habitat, while preventing them from contributing to the pet overpopulation problem.