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(May 10, 2004)
Neighborhood Cats, in partnership with In Defense of Animals (IDA) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) will present the National Feral Cat Summit this coming Saturday, October 16, 2004, in New York City. Leaders of respected Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs from around the country will be featured in both morning lectures and afternoon workshops, giving animal welfare professionals and practitioners the opportunity to learn in-depth about the hottest issues, latest techniques and most successful programs in today’s TNR movement. Fittingly, this unique and important event will take place on National Feral Cat Day.

"The Summit represents a significant step forward for TNR," said Bryan Kortis, executive director of Neighborhood Cats. "Thanks to the work of Alley Cat Allies, and now also the ASPCA and IDA, Trap-Neuter-Return has become widely known in the United States. More and more communities realize it's the only humane and effective way to permanently reduce feral cat populations and they want to give it a try. It's crucial now to give them the tools they need for TNR to succeed. That's what the Summit is all about."

The morning session will feature a keynote address by Ed Boks, current executive director of Animal Care & Control of NYC and former head of Maricopa County Animal Care & Control where TNR was used to help achieve dramatic reduction in euthanasia rates. Bryan Kortis will speak on new, more useful ways to approach the issue of wildlife predation by ferals rather than the current cats vs. birds debate. In addition, representatives from TNR programs from all regions of the country will discuss their work and answer audience questions.

Afternoon workshops will cover feral spay/neuter options, mass trapping, creating special events for meeting fundraising, media and humane education goals, TNR and the role of animal control, implementing a community-wide TNR program, and lessons from Anitra Frazier, author of “The New Natural Cat,†on colony nutrition, nursing sick and injured ferals, and socializing kittens. For the full program and registration form, please click here. Other sponsors include Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (Arizona), the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, Animal Care & Control of NYC, and the Humane Society of NY.