[Felvtalk] Fwd: TNR
furrygirly at gmail.com
Thu Mar 8 12:26:37 CST 2012
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From: Heather <furrygirly at gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 1:23 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] TNR
To: felvtalk at felineleukemia.org
Definitely not to argue, but to provide some perspective on high volume TNR
and the ACA (and Neighborhood Cats) stance on routine testing of TNR
While millions of cats are of course killed in shelters each year
nationally, the free roaming cat population on the streets may differ
vastly geographically. In my city (Tampa), there are hundreds of thousands
of feral cats. There are several of us constantly practicing TNR on the
"population at large" (or colonies where the feeders are not fixing--a huge
sore spot with us, too), meaning trapping pretty much every week, sometimes
more than once a week, cats who are not at our own colonies. Some of my
friends trap anywhere from 10 - 50 cats per week for TNR (and of course
kittens and such are rescued as much as space/socialization/fosters permit,
sick cats treated, etc.) Routine TNR's--not being rescued for adoption or
not being addressed/treated for illness are not tested. If we tested
every cat, we could only spay/neuter/vaccinate a fraction of the cats.
There would be far more (exponentially, we all know how cats can
reproduce--here it's hot and a mama will have 3 litters a year) cats
breeding, spreading illness. There would be more negative AND more
positive cats, and therefore since unfixed, also more positive (and
negative) kittens being born on the streets. In our city, we are serving
the greater good by fixing as many as possible. Since we all also do a
lot of rescue, pulling friendlies/dumped cats, or cats to be treated for
illness, from colonies, I can say we run into FELV fairly seldomly.
Despite my own very high # of colonies, in addition to helping people
rescue and fix cats all over, I have run into FELV the most of anyone I
know and it's really just been in two areas, close in proximity, where the
feeders are NOT fixing the cats. Disease definititely seems to proliferate
where the cats are unsterilized, though of course I realize it spreads in
other ways besides reproducing.
As TNR has steadily increased in our county, the # of cats euthanized at
our county AS has steadily declined--I can share a graph if anyone is
interested, the results are absolutely amazing and pretty much in direct
proportion in terms of euth decrease/TNR increase. Several years ago
16K-18K cats were killed per year at this county shelter; now it is down to
Even our own local Humane Society--which has the most awesome s/n/TNR
clinic, but was very firm on testing for years, finally conceded with the
ACA/Neighborhood Cats stance that, on routine TNR's not showing signs of
illness, the resources are best spent in sterilizing more cats than on
testing. They do sometimes call us while assessing/operating and say they
feel a particular cat needs to be tested. They are elated by the decrease
in shelter euthanasia as well.
I have no qualms returning an FIV+ cat to a safe area with a good
caretaker, I had one FIV+ female who lived to be 14 outside until we
brought her in to live her last 9 months due to geriatric issues. Granted,
this was on a university campus where we often have cats live to be over 10
years old (just a little different environment from the true streets such
as fast food joints, etc.).
I hope me providing this perspective isn't resented--again, it's not
intended to argue, just some comments to explain why many embrace the ACA
perspective on not testing routine TNR's[?]
Of course everyone is entitled to their own opinion and best practices for
what they are doing. The overpopulation problem in Florida is insane, that
is one thing that goes without saying.
Thanks everyone for caring about cats!
On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 12:26 PM, Beth <create_me_new at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I agree, FeLV should be put down or homed. I have returned FIV cats
> Unfortunately, Alley Cat Allies thinks they all should be returned & not
> even tested. The place I have gotten ferals fixed believes this & refuses
> to test ferals.
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