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TNR (Trap Neuter Return) Program Statement and Procedures ­ Jan. 2009

TRAP NEUTER RETURN Program Statement

MEOW Foundation's TNR mission is to be a community leader in the TNR movement and to provide a humane animal management strategy for feral cats in Calgary. MEOW Foundation recognizes that there are too many cats and not enough homes in Calgary and the surrounding area. A large percentage of stray and abandoned cats have a feral or fearful background. These cats require a huge investment of resources in terms of shelter, volunteers and money and have a low adoption rate. Long term sheltering is not in their best interest. In order to provide a humane solution to over-population, zero population growth and to engender compassion and a sense of community responsibility for these cats, the MEOW TNR program will evaluate, advise, counsel and seek support from concerned citizens for a TNR solution at their residential or business location. An effective TNR program can drastically reduce the number of free roaming and breeding cats. The purpose and goal of TNR is to reduce the number of intact feral cats, to promote community respect and compassion for the status of TNR cats and to provide the best quality of life possible.

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TNR (Trap Neuter Return) Program Statement and Procedures ­ Jan. 2009

TNR Procedure

Permission Each proposed TNR site must have a caregiver. When the public requests a rescue where traps must be used to catch the cats, intake will immediately educate the caller about our adoption and TNR program and explain why sheltering feral cats is not an option. The caller must understand and agree to become a caregiver if the cats are feral. If the caller does not wish to participate in the TNR program, MEOW will encourage them to continue to consider the benefits of TNR, provide resources for further research and urge them to call back if they would like to re-consider. Site Requirements The caregiver will provide food, water and some type of shelter. MEOW will provide electric water bowls for caregivers where needed. If the caregiver knows the cats have some type of shelter in the neighbourhood and only come to the caregiver's yard to eat, this is also acceptable. If the caregiver requires some type of shelter and cannot provide it, MEOW will assist in the provision of small shelters. Caregivers will be educated how, when and where to feed to discourage other wildlife such as coyotes and birds and will be given a Caregiver Guide to Colony Care. Timetable MEOW Foundation will always endeavour to use TNR during the seasons of spring, summer and autumn in order to reduce the stress to the animal. TNR Specifications 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. The TNR manager will speak to each potential caregiver to assess how many cats they are feeding, the description, the sexes, (if known) approximate ages and regularity of sightings. Four to seven days prior to trapping, the neighbourhood and area will be notified either by poster or door to door delivery. All cats will be humanely trapped and transported to the designated clinic. All trapped cats are checked for identification and returned to their owners where applicable. All cats will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated for FVRCPC and rabies. All cats will receive injectable droncit and Advantage/Revolution Each cat will be tattooed, microchipped and identified to MEOW. Young kittens and any other cats deemed adoptable and when numbers permit, will be admitted to the MEOW adoption program. Feral cats that have compromised health concerns or serious and permanent debilitative physical concerns such as missing limbs, will enter into adoption program. All altered cats will be transported to the MEOW shelter to recover for approximately 4-7 days. All cats will be entered in our database with photos wherever possible and entered in the TNR report. The cats will be returned back to the colony site. All caregiver/colony sites are confidential and the locations are never disclosed to any individual or other agency in order to protect the cats.

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The day of return to the colony site, the document `Living with Neighbourhood Feral Cats' will be delivered to 3 to 4 dozen houses. If a TNR cat is accidentally trapped or taken to a veterinary clinic, humane society or city animal services, MEOW will pick up the cat, notify the caregiver and return the cat to its neighbourhood. Each time this happens, the document `Living with Neighbourhood Feral Cats' will be delivered again in the neighbourhood.

Follow Up · MEOW encourages the caregivers to monitor and watch for any newcomers to the TNR site and to notify MEOW. MEOW will TNR any newcomers. In the event that previous TNR cats are trapped again and at the discretion of the MEOW representative, this cat could be transported to the clinic, sedated, given a physical examination and re-vaccinated. · The TNR manager will contact each caregiver in our database every February and September to check on the site and to determine if there are any new cats that have moved into the area. If there are new cats and the caregiver has not already notified MEOW, arrangement will be made to re-trap at this site. · Should the caregiver require food from time to time, or medical assistance for TNR cats, they can contact MEOW for assistance. Future Goals · To be a role model and leader in TNR management strategies. · To continue to promote TNR as a humane animal management strategy in Calgary. · To work with and provide mentorship to other animal shelters in Calgary to further the role of TNR within Calgary city limits. · To work with and provide mentorship to other animal welfare groups in Alberta and Canada. TNR Website Resources Alley Cat Allies Best Friends

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