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TNR Program? Enclosure Use?

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Well i was thinking about TNR Programs. My friend was talking to me about it, she said instead of donating to WCHS i should help TNR's? We mainly donate $300 a year to Wyandot Human Society in Upper Sandusky, OH http://www.wyhumane.org/index.html. But there are A LOT of strays/ferals around us atleast 20 i've spotted and more hiding and breeding some where. There actually kind of friendly? A few of the adults came to me when i kissed for them. Hubby thinks i'm weird feeding them canned but hey there pretty . But then i was reading about TNR's? Trap them neuter (alter) and return them outside, i keep them for only a few days and toss the fuzzy's out (just kidding) haha. I thought it was kind of a cute idea? WCHS is around 2hrs away so we try to limit our trips there but we took Faith and the 3 girls there yesturday for updated shots and they were all spayed. Faith of course is taking over "my" bed the little hog and the kitty's are not in much of a happy mode think there mad at me .

But i figured we could trap a few and see how it works? I might try and trap one of them and take them in. The new place i was thinking of going to work at said they would give me a discount on all the cats/dogs i bring in for fixing and shots. So i thought instead of driving 2hrs each time i would just go to the local one and get it discounted . Then i got a new thought! What if i trapped them, got everything updated shots, altered etc and just let them stay in our enclosure? It would cut A LOT of life costs down i would hate to spend money and some rude, cruel hits them or something . So i was thinking of letting them stay in there the house is just to full to keep everybody in side. But Troy made the enclosure plenty big enough for the strays/ferals. It is big and full of nice toys, has anybody put a feral in a outside enclosure and how did it go?

I have had ferals i mean Faith, Dayton and Lilly are ferals and i love them. But i know there are a lot of TNR people on here and i would like some more information and advice on this? Is it a stressful thing to do, how rewarding is it, have you ever kept any in a enclosure outside? So many questions lol.
post #2 of 13
When I had a larger feral colony, I did all the TNR on my own but had 2 barns, a garage, an underground storm cellar, and openings under my front porch for them to live in. I lived in the country, and other than the roaming dogs and occassional coyote, we didn't have car traffic to danger them.

I did TNR long before I knew it was called that, and did it simply because it was the right thing to do. But when you do it on your own, you also learn a lot of lessons the hard way. Took me 5 years to trap the matriarch, who would wander off into the woods and come back with litters for me to take off her hands. If I knew then what I know now......you know how that goes.

2 ways to go about this: you can come to the site and get lots of good advice from people who have done this, or you can try to find a TNR group in your area to assist you as you start the process.

The advantages for contacting a group would be that they can probably lend you traps, and as long as you are willing to pay for the speuter, hook you up with a low cost clinic to help you with the costs. If you are willing to put them in an enclosure once TN'd, they'll jump at the chance to help you. They will also come out to your place and give advice specific on when and where to set the traps, best bait (Kentucky Fried Chicken, deboned and deskinned is the best btw), and how to release them.

If you want to find a group closer to you, one way to do it is to go to www.petfinder.com and enter in your zip code. It will bring up rescue groups in your immediate area and you can contact them to see if they will support your TNR efforts. Knowing what I know now, I sure wish I had the support back then (15+ years ago).

You are so wonderful for wanting to intervene and help out these cats!! TNR groups are popping up all over the country because of the grass roots efforts by people like yourself. Join them and you can have a lot of fun!! And come here and share your stories and ask a lot of questions (we like to help).

And yes, an enclosure would be a good thing to have.
post #3 of 13
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Hehe thanks i like to think i'm a good person for sharing a bed with a husband, 12 cats and 3 large dogs haha. Aka we also need a bigger bed . But i just thought a lot of people hate the fact about putting a cat outside. Then i was thinking it might be a good idea to put them in the enclosure, nothing can get at them the grids are to small for things to get in. I live in the city/country our road gets traveled a lot but my next door neighbors own live stock so its kind of 50/50. The zoning allows up to so many live stock but our street(s) are like a turn pike its pretty busy all day/night. I've seen about 6-8 cats killed due to being hit or the girl a cross the street her young cat (1yrs.old) got out and something got after it. There not sure what but it was literally tore apart and it was her 11yr.olds cat it was really awful.

We helped barrie the poor little thing so young and innocent. Just got out at the wrong time i guess and she was only outside for like 2hrs? Something must of caught it pretty quick they found it in there back yard. Its shocking what happens in this neighborhood i sware if i didn't love my house i would move ASAP. But personally i've never had a problem and i have a large dog that spends most of her time outside and in at night. I'm scared to even walk out of my garage at night and i always take a bat. I sware something haunts our road lol its creepy.
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In the 14 years that I lived at my old house, 1 cat was hit by a car. The tire tracks went across our front yard to where the cat laid. The *sshole drove out of his way onto my lawn to kill this cat.
post #5 of 13
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Wow thats horrible! I hate when people act like that sometimes i wonder why god gave them no back bone or logic. Come on thats pretty sad that people would get there kicks out of killing innocent cats and dogs for fun! This one kid my mom use to live next to he lite a cats tail on fire! Well this couple saw it and reported it the cat lost its tail and had to be treated for burns around its rump. They said it was very sad to see it in pain for awhile but with treatment he turned out fine and was adopted out. The kid was only 14 and served time in D.J for animal cruelty. You belive that crap? He set a live cat on fire thats awful i would of set his @$$ on fire!
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Forgive me for asking, but what does TNR mean?
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Originally Posted by LSULOVER View Post
Forgive me for asking, but what does TNR mean?
Trap Neuter Return

You trap a feral cat, get them spayed or neutered, then return them to the environment where they came from. They have a better chance of survival in their original location. Relocating them not only causes stress, but they might wander off.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post
Trap Neuter Return

You trap a feral cat, get them spayed or neutered, then return them to the environment where they came from. They have a better chance of survival in their original location. Relocating them not only causes stress, but they might wander off.

Thanks for telling me, I see that posted a lot, I just never knew what it meant.
post #9 of 13
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Yup, and they live in my neighborhood so i'm sure they would be fine. There very friendly well accept for this tabby tom cat he hiss's at me everyday. Little terd you think he would be greatful i feed him haha.
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Originally Posted by KittyPaws View Post
Yup, and they live in my neighborhood so i'm sure they would be fine. There very friendly well accept for this tabby tom cat he hiss's at me everyday. Little terd you think he would be greatful i feed him haha.
I fed Larry for 12 years from the time he was a kitten and hissed at me the entire time. Touched him twice - once as a kitten when I caught him for his TNR, the second time right before he crossed. Some ferals just don't want to be socialized!! Never give up on them - they need care in their own way.
post #11 of 13
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Yeah i know. I think its because he's male haha. There is a few females that are very sweet but no one claims them so i was going to take them in. I don't even have to set up a trap lol they just come to you. The all black one is thin she just showed up i'm guessing about 6mons in age she's young. Poor little thing and it was REALLY cold we got 22ins of snow but its getting warm. They said possible early spring so i feel really bad leaving them out there. This one tiger kitten cries a lot outside my door i started crying but i know she could have something. I don't her to get any of my other cats sick but it still doesn't make you feel good leaving her out in the cold.
post #12 of 13
Now is a good time to get them fixed before they get pregnant and you have more cats to fix.

TNR groups in Ohio:

http://www.alleycat.org/orgs.html#oh

The neuter scooter is coming to Ohio in March:

http://neuterscooter.com/ns/index.cf...clinicstate=OH

It's only $20 per Feral cat.

http://neuterscooter.com/ns/index.cfm?fa=c.feral

Katie
post #13 of 13
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Thanks i'll be looking at those sites year i heard about the scooter thing they are a mobile time pretty cool. Were still debating we just found out Charisma may have a heart cond so we won't be doing anything until we find out. Its just to much to deal with i can't focus right now not knowing whats wrong with . But i'll look at the sites and we will debate if were going to do it or not thanks .
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