Winnetka Heights is full of proud pet parents and animal lovers, as well as loyal guardians of porch kitties. Neighborhood cats kill mice, rats and snakes, and can make good companions. But unsterilized cats can produce up to 4 litters every year — which could result in hundreds of offspring over a lifetime.
A proven, humane method of controlling the neighborhood cat population is called Trap, Neuter, and Release (TNR). Cats are humanely trapped, sterilized and then released back into their colony. Simply removing cats from their colonies is ineffective, because it allows new cats to enter the territory.
TNR programs help:
- Prevent cats from reproducing
- Stabilize colonies by keeping other cats from entering the territory
- Decrease male spraying and cat fights
- Foster a better quality of life for neighbors, as well as neighborhood cats
The WHNA is launching its own Neighborhood Cat TNR Program, and we’re looking for volunteers to help with the effort. There are several ways to volunteer:
- Trap monitoring
- Special needs (kittens, recovery, etc.)
- Colony managers
We also need help identifying colonies of unowned/feral/neighborhood cats in your area. During this phase of the project, we’ll identify the larger groups (4+) of unowned cats, so we can plan, schedule and target for the new Neighborhood Cat TNR Program.
If you’re interested in helping out, if you have geographic information or details about cat colonies in your area, or if you have any questions or concerns about other animal-related issues in our neighborhood, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WH animal initiative helps neighbors with:
* Assistance locating resources for animals and their owners
* Inquiries and schedule for the TNR program
* General questions on lost and found animals
* Assistance understanding the city ordinances (Chapter 7 code)