Trap-Neuter-Return for Feral Cats is Official

On Tuesday, after much previous discussion, Wake County commissioners adopted a Trap-Neuter-Release policy to help curb the euthanasia rate of feral cats. The policy allows privately-funded, non-profit groups to trap, neuter and release feral cats.

Between summer 2010 and 2011, the county-run animal shelter took in 7,766 cats. Of those, 4,830 cats were euthanized, according to county data. That number includes all of the roughly 2,900 feral cats that were taken in, since they are deemed unadoptable, according to information presented to county commissioners.

The current policy of euthanizing cats has not reduced the number of calls regarding feral cats to county animal control, county staff reports, which has lead to the search for new options.

But the new law will not do away with the euthanizing of feral cats entirely.  The previous option to call the county to pick up feral cats will still be available to residents.

Cats picked up by the county are euthanized three days after entering the shelter. Essentially, the decision to euthanize will be left to private citizens who either decide to call a non-profit TNR group or county animal control.

Residents who call animal control will be informed of the option to call a TNR group.

“Thank you for passing this,” Lisa Kroll, associate director of the SPCA, told the county commission. “We know this is only the beginning. We know this will make Wake County a more humane community.”

Cats returned to the “wild” will have one ear clipped. The county will not be able to trap such cats simply for roaming at-large. People can report the clipped-ear feral cats as nuisances and the county can still trap them for euthanasia.

However, the county will contact the TNR group to attempt to find a resolution, the new policy states.

Cats that are trapped by TNR groups will also be vaccinated for rabies.

The major downside to the plan discussed during the law’s fine-tuning was public health. Aside from rabies, feral cats can expose people to salmonella and parasites and a bite or scratch can cause tetanus or cat scratch disease.

Nonetheless advocates hail the new law as a victory and the county commission unanimously supported its approval.

Moreover, county staff believe that, unlike euthanasia, TNR will reduce the population of feral cats overtime.

County staff will monitor how the program progresses and report to back the commission in three years.

14 thoughts on “Trap-Neuter-Return for Feral Cats is Official

  1. FACT: Trap & Kill failed because cats cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control.

    FACT: Trap & Sterilize (TNR) is an even bigger abject failure because they cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control, and they also continue the cruelly annihilate all native wildlife (from the smallest of prey up to the top predators that are starved to death), and the cats continue to spread many deadly diseases that they carry today — FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO VACCINES AGAINST THEM. Many of which are even listed as bioterrorism agents. (Such as Tularemia and The Plague — Yes, people have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA. No fleas nor rats even required. The cats themselves carry and transmit the plague all on their own.)

    FACT: Hunted To Extinction (or in this case, extirpation of all outdoor cats) is the ONLY method that is faster than a species like cats can exponentially out-breed and out-adapt to. Especially a man-made invasive-species like these cats that can breed 2-4X’s faster than any naturally occurring cat-species.

    FACT: Alley Cat ALL-LIES of NYC have only managed to reduce the number of feral cats in their own city by 0.08% to 0.024% (and as the months go on that percentage becomes even more insignificant), thereby allowing more than 99.92% to 99.976% to continually and exponentially breed out of control. Here’s how Alley-Cat-ALL-LIES’ deceptive math works: If you TNR 4 cats and 3 die from being flattened by cars, this translates to a 75% reduction of feral-cats worldwide. Alley Cat ALL-LIES can’t even reduce the number of feral cats in their own city, yet they promote it as a worldwide solution. Then even bigger fools fall for it and promote it.

    FACT: When researching all the most “successful” TNR programs around the globe, JUST ONE OF THEM has managed to trap more than 0.4% of cats in their area. Oregon’s amazing 50,000 TNR’ed cats (the highest rate I found) is only 4.9% of all feral-cats in their state. Yet, by applying advanced population growth calculus on the unsterilized 95.1% of cats, they will have trapped only 0.35% of all feral-cats in their state sometime this year. <0.4% is a far cry from the required 80%-90% to be the least bit effective.

    FACT: Their mythical "vacuum effect" is a 100% LIE. A study done by the Texas A&M University proved that any perceived "vacuum" is just the simple case that CATS ATTRACT CATS. Get rid of them all and there's no cats there to attract more. I proved this myself by shooting and burying hundreds of them on my own land. ZERO cats replaced them FOR OVER 2 YEARS NOW. If you want more cats, keep even one of them around, more will find you. That university study also found that sterilized cats very poorly defend any territory. Non-sterilized cats, being more aggressive, take over the sterilized cats' resources (shelter & food if any). If there is any kind of "vacuum effect" at all, it is that sterilizing cats cause non-sterilized cats to restore the reproductive void.

    FACT: During all this investigation I have discovered something that is unfaltering without fail. Something that you can bet your very life on and win every last time. That being — IF A TNR CAT-HOARDER IS TALKING THEN THEY ARE LYING. 100% guaranteed!

  2. Since you are all such fine and upstanding people in favor of TNR, would you like to address another aspect of TNR that few seem to be aware of?

    Not long ago I learned that TNR cat-hoarders practice a form of “TNR-On-A-Budget” (my name for it). TNR cat-hoarders who want to keep feeding their cats but can’t afford all that tedious mucking-about and getting them sterilized or vaccinated just trap the cats and clip the cats’ ears themselves. Then release them again right after clipping their ears. Doing their best to hide all evidence of where they keep these colonies and telling few about them. This way the cat if trapped again just gets released right there so the cat-hoarder can continue to dote-over and feed their unsterilized and unvaccinated cats. Plus everyone else who might happen on their secret cat-hoarding locations thinks those cats are sterilized and vaccinated so they have fewer concerns about them still overbreeding or spreading deadly diseases. The TNR cat-hoarder feeder just tells them, “Oh, don’t worry. See that clipped ear? They are sterilized and vaccinated. Perfectly fine and legal!”

    Thanks to these “TNR-On-A-Budget” people, clipped-eared cats must be trapped and euthanized or destroyed on-site — the only affordable and sane solution for everyone.

    If you doubt what I claim about TNR-cat-hoarding addicts practicing “TNR-On-A-Budget”, then perhaps you might enjoy this post I found to again prove everything I say is 100% true. They don’t talk about this practice too openly, just like they like to hide their cat-hoarders’ colonies and how they attempt to do so (also revealed in the thread this post was taken from, verifiable link below).

    “Chris Cook
    We had a culling of the neighborhood cats 2 years ago when there were only 10 or so (I lost 4 under my care in the same week). Now there’s over 25 – that I know about (about half fixed)… it’s just a matter of time before someone decides they have the ‘solution’ to the cat ‘problem’. All I can do is get them tipped (in case Animal Services gets them, there’s a small chance they’ll release them back to the area they caught them) and hope for the best by making my own yard a hidden sanctuary of sorts. At least my HOA knows I’m TNRing them and not just feeding them so they (for now) look the other way while slamming the feeders-and-breeders who contributed to the problem getting out of hand and refusing any and all offers of assistance.”

    from: (URL’s not allowed, Google for: “chris cook” “story_fbid=295067530554567″ (include quotes))

    Not only is this criminally irresponsible TNR practitioner hoarding and feeding unsterilized cats, she even attracted MORE cats to keep reproducing — which again disproves their oft-spewed “vacuum effect” LIE. While also lying to her HOA to boot. She even believes that what she is doing *is* TNR, that’s just how demented these people are. I’d say this person reflects the norm rather than the exception, since TNR advocates relentlessly lie about so much and so often.

    Hint: for those of you permanently solving cat-hoarder’s ILLEGAL TNR invasive-species colonies by stepping up their rate of “attrition” (i.e. death by any means); look around for any game/field/trail-cameras that might be hidden from immediate view, then collect them as a souvenir and payment for your well-deserved efforts.

  3. Be cautious about suggesting that any cats rounded-up from outdoors be used for adoption or you could be held criminally responsible for destroying the lives and finances of families and their pets. There’s no way to know a wild-harvested cats’ vaccination history, if any, nor their exposure to all the deadly diseases cats carry. If a cat has contracted rabies then a vaccination against it later will do no good. It’s already too late. There’s also no reliable known test for rabies while keeping the animal alive. They really need to be destroyed after they are trapped. It’s the only sane and sensible solution. This is precisely why all wild-harvested animals in the world, of any type intended for the pet-industry, must undergo an extended quarantine period of up to 6 months before transfer or sale of those animals to prevent just these things. Cats are no different than any other animal when harvested from the wild. You’re just risking this following story happening in every shelter across the land.

    (Google for: rabid cat adopted wake county)

    Adopting any cat that’s been taken from outdoors is just playing Russian Roulette.

    Stray-cats, the very source of all feral-cats, need to be euthanized too or you’ll never be rid of the feral-cat problem.

    I found some surprising things about all the diseases these invasive-species vermin are now spreading throughout the USA.

    These are just the diseases they’ve been spreading to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife. THERE ARE NO VACCINES against many of these, and are in-fact listed as bio-terrorism agents. They include: Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Giardia, Plague, Rabies, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasma. [Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Sarcosporidiosis, Flea-borne Typhus, and Tularemia can now also be added to that list.

    (Links to proof of cats spreading many of these removed per post requirement. Businesses have even been ruined by some of them. Like those in Miami being shut-down due to feral-cats spreading hookworm in all the beaches there. The most surprising in my research is that people have already died from cat to human transmitted plague in the USA, starting back as early as 1994 (earliest cat-transmitted plague-death of a human, that I could find). Fleas and rats not even required if you have cats around. The cats themselves are carriers and spreaders of the plague. Totally disproving that oft-spewed myth about lack of cats causing the plague in Europe. Cats would have made it worse.)

    The most insidious one of all, cats’ Toxoplasma gondii parasite they spread through their feces into all other animals. This is how it gets into meats and humans get it from meats, cats roaming around stockyards and farms. This is why cats are ROUTINELY destroyed around gestating livestock or important wildlife by shooting or drowning them. So those animals won’t suffer from the same things that can happen to the unborn fetus of any pregnant woman. (Miscarriages, still-births, hydrocephaly, and microcephaly.) It can kill you at any time during your life once you’ve been infected. It becomes a permanent lifetime parasite in your mind, killing you when your immune system becomes compromised. It can last over a year in any soils or waters and not even washing your hands or garden vegetables in bleach will destroy the oocysts. Contrary to popular cat-lovers’ self-deceptive myths, a cat can also become reinfected many times during its life and spread new oocysts each time. It’s now linked to the cause of autism, schizophrenia, and brain cancers. This parasite is now also killing off rare and endangered marine-mammals along all coastal areas from cats’ T. gondii oocysts in run-off from the land, the oocysts even surviving in saltwater.

    Its strange life cycle is meant to infect rodents. Any rodents infected with it lose their fear of cats and are actually attracted to cat urine.

    (Google for: Toxoplasma gondii hijacks rodent mind)

    Cats attract rodents to your home with their whole slew of diseases. If you want rodents in your home keep cats outside of it to attract diseased rodents to your area. I experienced this phenomenon (as have many others), and all rodent problems disappeared after I shot and buried every last cat on my land.

    The time has come to destroy them all whenever spotted away from supervised confinement. There’s no other solution. We have nobody but cat-lovers to thank for this ecological disaster.

  4. Too many people frame the argument as whether lethal control or non-lethal control is more effective. Both methods rely on a sufficiently high trap rate that can be sustained over time. Accountability is key. As a bird watcher and wildlife advocate myself, I’ve been disappointed that groups like the American Bird Conservancy and The Wildlife Society have approached the issue on dogmatic moral terms disguised as science. The peer-reviewed science, taken as a whole, supports the notion that trap rate is more important to population reduction than whether you return a cat or kill it.

    It sounds like Wake County thought this through and is opening up as many options as possible to accomplish the task. They did not give cat advocates a blank check. Property owners still have the right to call county animal control. That will incent cat advocates to prove to the community that their approach is more effective.

    I led a TNR effort in my own neighborhood that reduced the number of cats from about 20 down to 2 remaining. While we did not want to euthanize any healthy cats, we were committed to population reduction and also to finding homes for as many of the cats that we could. The result for the neighborhood has been very positive.

    Again, accountability is key. No method will be successful with wishful thinking alone.

  5. I wrote a proper response to you, Woodsman. But then I re-read your statements about killing and burying hundreds of cats and decided you were too poorly misguided to even be worth my time.

  6. Most of you people are ignorant and scary. You really have no clue what you’re talking about; you’re just looking for misspelled alarmist quasi-facts to back up your clear disdain for cats or people who try to care for them. Wish we could try “culling” people like that instead.

  7. (My apologies to anyone not sharing Woodsman’s cruel, delusional viewpoint.)

  8. On the plus side … word is quickly spreading (which I’ve read many places on the net) and everyone is now telling all others in all your neighboring counties and states that they all know of a place where they can dump off their cats and that you’ll take care of them without killing them.

    T ‘n R = Trap & Ride!

    CONGRATULATIONS! You are now going to be the primary cat-dumping grounds in your region.

    Isn’t that nice?

    All those cat-laden cars driving through neighborhoods and back-roads all year long, quickly opening a door and dumping their cats after sundown. Just so you can fawn over them and take care of them, just like you want. Have fun trying to stop that. LOL

    Ah, karma … the bankrupter of cat-lovers. LOL

    After word got out in my area that all cats; stray, feral, pet, collared or not; get shot on sight — ALL cat dumping stopped. But it won’t work if you just tell them you’re going to shoot all their cats, you have to actually do it before they believe it. May you learn from this lesson. LOL!!!

  9. Please google … Rabies Outbreak in Westchester County and the Connection to Feral Cats…for more information.
    Also please google …Failure of Feral Cat TNR Programs to Protect Wildlife and the Public Health.

  10. I live in a rural area. When I moved there, we only had one “neighborhood” cat that belonged to a house about 1/2 mile down the road. Soon, I had 3 full-grown cats that were hanging out in my yard… much too friendly to be “feral” cats. My neighbor and I deduced that someone dropped them off as “unwanted” animals. At the time, I could not afford to take in any pets, but I also did not want to call the county shelter to have them picked up and euthanized. They were good cats… and I noticed that they were controlling the number of snakes and rodents around my property. They have not caused any damage or disease…it appeared they had been well cared for before showing up in our area. So I contacted a local non-profit who came out and helped trap them and took them in for T-N-R and an overall health check and rabies vaccines. I never really need to feed them because they find their own “food”… but I do put out fresh water for them every couple of days. They have made their homes in the culverts or behind the shrubs. They are good cats to have around. My neighbor and I can both attest to the fact that we have seen a marked decrease in rodents with them around. They have never caused anyone any harm. In winter, my neighbor leaves her shed door cracked so they can get in out of the elements.

    I say all of this because I don’t consider myself or my neighbor “cat hoarders”… And I realized a tangible benefit of having these cats around.

    I’m sure there might be “extreme” situations throughout the country… But I think “Woodsman” is taking things to the extreme.

    I can say that – from my understanding – the TNR policies in my area seem to be working. I know of several people who have actually contacted the shelters and non-profits in our area looking for “barn cats” too keep the rodents away. These “barn cats” are ferals that are trapped and neutered, but not returned to their original area for whatever the reason.

    I’m sure that some good is coming out of these TNR programs. I’m sorry that Woodsman is such an angry person and can’t see that.

  11. I’ve already had to shoot and bury hundreds of cats on my land. From those criminally irresponsible people that promote “barn cat” programs. Trapping them in their suburbs and then dumping them off on unsuspecting rural people. Feral cats never stay where they are dumped. They roam far and wide, destroying all the native wildlife everywhere they step foot. They annihilated all the wildlife on my land, until the sheriff advised that I just shoot them all. Perfectly legal to do so anywhere in the USA. EVERY person has EVERY right to immediately destroy any animal that is a threat to the safety, health, and well-being of any person, their family, or their own animals. This is true even in densely populated cities. Contrary to more cat-lover lies that it’s some kind of a felony or crime. It is perfectly legal to destroy their cats that are roaming free. Cats easily qualify with all the deadly diseases they spread everywhere that are deadly to both wildlife AND humans. Not to mention the destruction they do immediately to all other animals.

  12. Their most insidious disease of all, cats’ Toxoplasma gondii parasite they spread through their feces into all other animals. This is how it gets into meats and humans get it from meats, cats roaming around stockyards and farms. This is why cats are ROUTINELY destroyed around gestating livestock or important wildlife by shooting or drowning them. So those animals won’t suffer from the same things that can happen to the unborn fetus of any pregnant woman. (Miscarriages, still-births, hydrocephaly, and microcephaly.) It can kill you at any time during your life once you’ve been infected. It becomes a permanent lifetime parasite in your mind, killing you when your immune system becomes compromised. It can last over a year in any soils or waters and not even washing your hands or garden vegetables in bleach will destroy the oocysts. Contrary to popular cat-lovers’ self-deceptive myths, a cat can also become reinfected many times during its life and spread new oocysts each time. It’s now linked to the cause of autism, schizophrenia, and brain cancers. This parasite is now also killing off rare and endangered marine-mammals along all coastal areas from cats’ T. gondii oocysts in run-off from the land, the oocysts even surviving in saltwater.

    Its strange life cycle is meant to infect rodents. Any rodents infected with it lose their fear of cats and are actually attracted to cat urine.

    http://scitizen.com/neuroscience/parasite-hijacks-the-mind-of-its-host_a-23-509.html

    Cats attract rodents to your home with their whole slew of diseases. If you want rodents in your home keep cats outside of it to attract diseased rodents to your area. I experienced this phenomenon (as have many others), and all rodent problems disappeared after I shot and buried every last cat on my land.

  13. I am a rabbit hunter-I love a good rabbit stew. I have a 10 acre patch of swampy briers that rabbits love. a cat moved in one year and killed all my rabbits. I saw the cat several times but was not able to get close enough to shoot it. All the redwing songbirds also disappeared. Cats belong in your house not outside killing all the songbirds, Pheasants, Quail, rabbits and the neighbors chickens. I found that a live trap got rid of that cat very well.

  14. Note to any lawyers in Wake Co., when a cat in a colony in Wake Co. bites or scratches someone and is required to get rabies shots, I would suggest suing the county for allowing a known hazardous situation to persist. They know of the disease risks and are choosing to ignore them for political reasons. And please note that the single rabies shot given during TNR is insufficient. Public Health departments will always require rabies prophyllaxis if the cat cannot be retrapped and tested.