Tuesday, July 16, 2013
MICHIGAN HUMANE SOCIETY TO HOLD WORKSHOP FOR FERAL CAT COLONY CARETAKERS ON JULY 31
will reduce the number of homeless cats and save lives
On Wednesday, July 31, the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) will hold a feral cat workshop for residents who want to help reduce the number of homeless cats and provide feral cats with much-needed care. This workshop will teach residents how utilize a “Trap-Neuter-Release” (TNR) strategy, which has proven to be the most effective and humane way of handling feral cats.
MHS’ TNR program gives individuals who wish to manage a feral cat colony near their home or place of employment the chance to provide the animals with vaccinations, sterilization and veterinary care. Caretakers will be trained on proper techniques and equipment to humanely trap feral cats and bring them to the Michigan Humane Society for sterilization and identification. The animals will then be released back to their habitat by their caretaker.
For those interested in becoming a feral cat colony caretaker and participating in the TNR program, MHS is hosting this required workshop on Wednesday, July 31, at 5:30 p.m. at the Michigan Humane Society’s administrative office, located at 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220 in Bingham Farms. Register online or get more information at www.michiganhumane.org/feral or call (248) 283-1000, ext. 127. An RSVP is required.
Providing a TNR service for feral cats is a critical component of lowering the number of unadoptable animals coming into shelters, as feral cats generally cannot be adopted into homes unless they are young enough to be properly socialized with humans. TNR is the best way to allow the cats to humanely live out their lives in their natural habitat, while preventing them from contributing to the pet overpopulation problem.
The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.