Feral CAT Results Are In!
Four groups to receive support through TNR mentorship program
July 21, 2012
Feral CAT (Community Assistance & Training) is a Neighborhood Cats program designed to assist organizations as they establish and grow Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs in their own communities. By offering expert guidance and targeted funding Feral CAT helps these efforts move forward so groups, from start-ups to those with more established programs, make best use of available resources and positively engage volunteers, partner agencies and municipalities so that more cats can be helped.
In 2012 four organizations will receive mentoring through Feral CAT. After a review of many impressive applicants, Neighborhood Cats is pleased to announce these groups have been selected for participation this year:
Community Cat Coalition of Clark County (C5) (Las Vegas, NV) C5 was established in 2009 and currently TNRs an average of 350 feral and stray cats each month. Its target area of Clark County, with a human population of over two million, is among the hardest-hit regions for foreclosures in the nation. As a result, C5 must contend with unusually high numbers of abandoned pets, many intact and having a significant impact on the local feral population.
Friends of Washington Park (Troy, NY) POUNCE, this group's first Trap-Neuter-Return program, focuses on colonies in historic Washington Park. POUNCE served as the model for Operation Snip, a new citywide TNR effort. The original program began operations in 2002; Operation Snip was implemented in April 2012. Both are managed by the Friends of Washington Park, Inc.
Geauga Humane Society (Russell Township, OH) The Society serves two counties in a largely rural setting, a demographic that includes affluent and underserved communities and totals approximately 325,000 residents. Current TNR projects include GHS's in-house Catsmart TNR Program and collaborations with PetFix Northeast Ohio and Fix It in the Farmland s/n clinics.
Steelton Borough Community Cats (Steelton, PA) Founded in 1998, the group has built strong partnerships with agencies like the Steelton Fire Department, Dauphin County Probation and Parole and others to support its A Plan for Every Cat initiative. The program works with underserved caretakers throughout Dauphin County, estimated human population 268,100. Steelton Borough Community Cats is a project of the Steelton Community Development Foundation.
In the months to come these groups will each receive a detailed assessment of their respective communities, creation of a strategic plan designed to spread the practice of TNR throughout those communities, targeted funding (average $5,000) to further key elements of the strategic plan and ongoing mentoring.
Neighborhood Cats thanks the trustees of The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation for their generous grant of $20,000 in support of Feral CAT. The Foundation's mission is to protect and improve the welfare of animals.