Beginning spring 2018, GVCC volunteers will be knocking on doors in the 81501 zip code to talk to the community about the project and to locate community cats (commonly known as feral). We will trap, neuter and return (TNR) the cats back to their home in the community. Community cats live comfortably outside and often have loving caretakers who feed and care for them. If we find a declawed cat or one that cannot thrive outside we will work with one of our coalition partners to rescue the kitty and place it in a loving home. We do not relocate community cats because their home is the outdoors and forcing them into a shelter or home would drastically reduce their quality of life.
How You Can Help
- Notify us of community cats living in your neighborhood
- Spread the word about our program and the benefits of TNR and spay/neuter
- Volunteer-we need volunteers to canvas the target area, trap and transport animals and to do general work for the coalition
If you are in the living in the 81501 target area we will contact you about your situation. If you are outside of the 81501 area we will have one of our coalition members contact you. We do anticipate moving to new target areas eventually so please notify us of cat colonies even if you are not in the target area. This will greatly speed up the process when we get to your area.
Trap Neuter Return (TNR)
Trap Neuter Return is a humane management method that allows us to control the community cat population without over-burdening our local rescue groups. The cats are returned to where they were trapped instead of being taken into shelters since they are typically feral and not adoptable. Over time as the majority of the community cats are spayed or neutered the population will stabilize and eventually shrink. Spay/neuter will reduce many annoying traits like spraying and fighting, which will reduce complaints. The cats will also be healthier. Healthier community cats reduce risk to pet cats who may come into contact with them.
Ear Tips are Cool!
During the spay/neuter surgery, our vets will remove the top 3/8 of the cat’s left ear so the cat can be easily identified in the future. Ear tipping is done during the spay/neuter so there is minimal discomfort to the cat. Some communities ear tip on the right side or notch the ear so you may see cats who have been transferred to local shelters with right-side tips or notches. We ear tip so we can reduce the stress and risk to the cat. Trapping is stressful for the cats so we want to do it as little as possible.
What we do not do
We will not trap and remove cats. Studies have shown that trapping and killing or sheltering community cats is not a successful management method. Removing cats does not work because once the cats are gone they will be replaced by new cats and other pest animals like raccoons and skunks. Our local shelters do not have the capacity to house every cat in the valley and community cats can live long and healthy lives outdoors.
We do understand that many people do not want cats digging in their garden or doing other annoying behaviors so please see our Living With Cats page for tips on preventing some common nuisance behaviors. We are also happy to talk with you about humane solutions.
Information about TNR