Humane Society of Midland County TNR Assistance Application
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Studies have proven that trap-neuter-return (TNR) is the single most successful method of stabilizing and maintaining healthy feral cat colonies with the least possible cost to local governments and residents, while providing the best life for the animals themselves. Cat overpopulation is a serious problem. Other concerns include disease, flea infestations which can spread to domesticated animals or nuisance behaviors, such as frequent, loud noises that are part of the fighting and mating behavior of unneutered/unspayed cats, foul odors left by unneutered male cats spraying urine to mark their territory. HSoMC accepts applications from county residents that have colonies of cats on their property that if left unaltered may result in litters of unwanted kittens. Once the application is approved HSoMC assists in safely trapping and fixing feral and semi-feral cats, as long as the applicant agrees to keep feeding the cats upon their return.
- A long-term community commitment to, and achievement of the reduction of the local free-roaming cat population.
- Improved quality of life for homeless cats and kittens, humane treatment, and a community understanding that they are victims of circumstance, deserve care and kindness, and provide a valuable public service in rodent control.
- Reduction of the occurrence of nuisance behaviors associated with mating, including spraying, yowling, and fighting so that people and cats can live in harmony.
- Education and encouragement of participation from community members, other animal support groups, veterinarians, and local government so that there is a clear understanding of the success that can be achieved through the operation of a strong Trap/Neuter/Return program.