The ISPCA has launched an information campaign to highlight animal welfare concerns about feral cat colonies by providing information about a Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) program.
The aim of the campaign is to encourage anyone who is aware of a feral cat colony to take action to ensure that the cats have been spayed or neutered.
ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelly said; “A TNR program is the most humane solution in managing feral cat colonies. Over time the number of cats in the colony will naturally decline preventing indiscriminate breeding. It is estimated that there is in excess of 200,000 feral cats throughout Ireland and the ISPCA is calling on your support to help tackle the problem. We would also like to encourage all cat owners to get their cats microchipped.”
A female cat is capable of producing two to three litters of kittens every year with an average of four to six kittens per litter. A feral colony of six un-neutered cats can quickly increase to over 100 kittens within a 12 month period. The TNR program will help reduce this population growth.
In TNR programmes the cats are humanely trapped and given a health check by a vet, neutered or spayed and treated for parasites. Whilst under anaesthetic, a small piece of one ear is tipped to denote that they have been neutered or spayed. After a short recovery period, healthy cats are then returned to their original trap area.
The cost of neutering one male cat can be in the region of €70 and the ISPCA will be appealing to our supporters and member of the public to support the TNR campaign by making an online donation here (ref TNR) or by calling 043 33 25035.
The ISPCA will use the funds raised to purchase cat-traps and provide subsidised veterinary vouchers for spaying and neutering and distribute among our affiliated member societies and TNR organisations. We will also be reaching out to TNR volunteers and veterinary practices who can offer reduced neutering rates to support the TNR program.