Trap-Neuter-Return

Trap Neuter Return Program

The Department of Special Services has implemented a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program to manage the feral cat colonies in Kilgore.

A large number of cities and counties across the United States promote Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) as a method of animal control for feral cats. The objective of this program is to humanely trap, spay or neuter, vaccinate, ear tip (for identification purposes) and return each feral cat to its original habitat or colony in its designated area.

Implementation of the TNR program will help reduce the number of feral cats subject to the perils of starvation, contraction of rabies, and accidental deaths from motorists to name a few. Studies indicate that the current method of humanely catching and euthanizing feral cats is ineffective and costly. TNR stops the breeding cycle of feral cats and gradually, over time, eliminates what is known as the “vacuum effect”: in basic terms, whenever feral cats are removed from an area, new feral cats move in to take advantage of the new available resources (like food and shelter). Additionally, property nuisance issues such as noise from yowling cats, odors stemming from marking their territories, and disrupted trash disposal will eventually be reduced as their population begins to decline.

Kilgore Animal Control will work with local partners Gatos Amigos, The Cat’s Meow Rescue and community volunteer group the “Wildcatters” on this program. To find out more or to get involved visit the Wildcatters Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WildcattersTNR/

 

 

        Wildcatter Meetings

        The Wildcatters will meet on the second Monday of each month at 6pm at Kilgore City Hall. The first meeting of the group will be Monday February 11, 2019, which will be a general orientation for community volunteers by the Kilgore Animal Control and local partners. It will be an opportunity to:

  • Volunteer for a role within the TNR program
  • Register a cat colony
  • Receive additional training for certain positions