East Baton Rouge Parish faces a population crisis of homeless cats. Most of the cats are feral, meaning wild, or stray, which means they were probably once owned, but became lost or abandoned. Often referred to as free-roaming, feral and stray cats reproduce rapidly, leading to an overpopulation of unwanted animals.
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a humane, cost-effective way to decrease the population of feral and stray cats within a community. It involves trapping all the cats in a colony (a group of related cats), having them spayed or neutered, returning the cats back to their territory and providing them with food and shelter. Whenever possible, kittens and friendly cats are adopted out instead of being returned to the area they were picked up from.
There are many caring people in our community who make sure these free-roaming cats are looked after, from feeding them to trapping them and taking them to the vet to have them fixed.
The Benefits of TNR
- Controls the pet population, permanently reducing the number of cats in an area
- Lowers the impound rate of cats into shelters, saving tax dollars!
- Reduces the spread of disease
- Discourages unaltered cats from moving into a territory guarded by a neutered colony, preventing the cycle of reproduction from starting anew
- Reduces the noise from fighting, odor from spraying, and more litters of kittens
Currently Spay Baton Rouge is primarily focusing on helping owned pets of low-income households.
For TNR assistance, please contact one of the following organizations for help:
Feral Cat Coalition: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (225) 772-8609.
Companion Animal Alliance: Visit www.caabr.org/tnr-community-program to learn more about their TNR program or call (225) 774-7701.
CAAWS: Visit www.caaws.org/services/spay-neuter-veterinary-assistance/ for more information.