Iowa. TNR Program Up & Running
RANDOLPH, Iowa -- A Trap, Neuter, Return program has been set in place in Randolph, Iowa -- the town that just weeks ago was offering a $5 bounty for each "stray" cat residents could capture and relinquish to the mayor.
“We’ve just kind of existed with them but they’ve really increased and multiplied a lot in the last couple of years,” said Mayor Vance Trively, whose idea it was to offer the bounty.
“The sheriff doesn’t have time to pick (the feral cats) up, so it leaves a problem for us to take care of and this is the best way there is.”
He’s referring to the TNR program that was recently implemented there. Thanks to the work of at least four animal care groups that came to the town’s aid once the story of their previous plan hit the national newswire, feral felines living in Randolph will be allowed to live out their lives.
Feline Friendz of Omaha, Neb., Best Friends Animal Society of Kanab, Utah, Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary in Des Moines, Iowa and Hearts United of Auburn, Neb. coordinated the setting of traps at various locations around the town.
Alley Cat Allies, a long time pro-feral cat group, also contributed early on by providing information to the mayor.
By April 3, 29 cats had been trapped, neutered, vaccinated and wormed by caregivers and veterinarians at Hearts United.
A city Web site indicates that at least 30 cats per week are slated to be TNRd – an undertaking that although strenuous for those involved, should provide the long overdue care these felines need.
In total, an estimated 150 felines are on the loose in Randolph. Most of those are believed to be feral, and although some are pregnant, their offspring and friendly adults will be taken in by one of the shelter groups, and put up for adoption.
To find out more about the town’s progress or how you can help provide financial care for these animals, visit randolph-iowa.com.
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Julie Hong, KPTM FOX 42, contributed to this story.
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