The first step is to contact Arizona Defense League which is a wonderful non-profit resource for TNR.
They lend humane traps, schedule clinic appointments for sterilization surgery and offer instruction and assistance.
If you require additional assistance after speaking with them, please contact us. We are happy to provide you with educational flyers or to speak with your community.
“Grumpy Cat” by McFall,Eileen is licensed under CC
‘The General’ is our volunteer trappers’ nemesis. We have unsuccessfully tried to catch this guy to get him neutered. We have come very close even catching him in a drop tap, but this smart and agile guy dug out a
nd escaped in short order. He was fittingly called ‘The General’ since he has shown he is in charge of this situation. We will continue until we outsmart him and he is caught and neutered. It is most important to spay or neuter all the cats within our colonies to stop any breeding activity.
During kitten season local shelters take in over 120 kittens per week during kitten season. The most important part of TNR is “N” Neuter part.
One day while patiently trapping a cat. We became aware of some cats that were being cared for by a woman who was a tenant in one of the nearby offices. In this colony was Jet (black Cat), Carol Anne (White/Orange/long hair) and Rusty —All had been fixed! She had been caring for these beautiful cats about 5-6 years. Then one day about 2 months after meeting her, we noticed the business no longer was there, after inquiring around, we realized, sadly she had abandoned the cats. We took over the care and feeding of this colony. Rusty is the only one to date currently returning to the feeding station.
We are very pleased that this kind-hearted woman had ensured they were fixed and cared for them as long as she was available. But, the ideal way to handle a colony that you can no longer care for is to reach out to local TNR groups so they are aware of the cats and can work to find a replacement caretaker.
Our volunteer colony feeders notified our director that new cats were spotted at one of our colonies. Here are some initial pictures as they are a little skittish.
Properly conducted TNR means we will trap these guys and evaluate their temperament after they are spayed or neutered. They will either be placed for adoption if we can find a local rescue or released back to the colony if they are not social enough.
We suspect they were dumped by some uncaring individual. Please remember dumping is not an acceptable way to deal with unwanted animals or free roaming cats in your neighborhood. There are many resources and organizations to advise you and provide low cost services for neutering or spaying.