Feral Cat - TNVR Information
HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATION TNVR INFORMATION
WHAT IS TRAP-NEUTER-VACCINATE-RETURN?
Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return, commonly called TNVR, is a humane and most effective method for controlling feral cat population growth. In addition, TNVR benefits the cats and the community.
PALM BEACH COUNTY ORDINANCE 98-22: Palm Beach County Ordinance 98-22 allows trap-neuter-vaccinate-return and outlines requirements for these cats. (They must be spayed/neutered, vaccinated against rabies, microchipped, and they must have a left ear crop indicating that they have been sterilized.)
COMMUNITY CATS CANNOT BE RELOCATED!!
Cats will travel miles to return to their homes and often become victims of car accidents and other trauma. If you begin to trap and remove the cats, other cats will move into the territory and fill the space left behind by the removed cats. This is called the “Vacuum Effect.” The new cats integrate into the area and produce more kittens. This leads to renewed calls for trapping and removal, and the cycle continues to repeat.
Cats that are trapped and removed are taken to Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, where they are anesthetized to scan for a microchip. If no microchip is found, the cats are spayed or neutered, receive core vaccinations, including rabies vaccination, are microchipped, and then are returned to their outdoor home provided that they are in good health.
Whether you love or loathe community cats, Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) is the answer to effectively reducing the number of these cats. TNVR reduces most cat-related nuisances and is a benefit to public health and safety. By helping community cats in need, you will be part of the solution to the overpopulation crisis. You will also lessen the burden on overcrowded shelters and rescue groups.
FOUND KITTENS? DON'T KIT-NAP
The best place for kittens younger than eight weeks old is with their mother, if at all possible.
Kittens over 12 weeks should be trapped, spayed or neutered, and returned to their home territory.
Did You Find Newborn Kittens?
Almost all animal shelters will humanely euthanize orphaned kittens less than 4 weeks old as they do not have the resources to feed the kittens around the clock, and mortality rates of these kittens are very high.
Thankfully, most discoveries of newborn kittens do not call for human assistance, and in fact, no intervention is generally the best thing you can do.
It’s not unusual to discover a nest of unattended kittens or a single kitten seemingly abandoned by the mother. But mom will likely return shortly, and the kittens must remain in her care as she offers the best chance for survival.
Remember... Don't Kit-Nap!
In the first weeks of their lives, kittens need their mother’s care and antibodies from her milk. And as they grow, the mother will begin to give her kittens the critical training they will need to survive on their own.
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