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Reducing feral cat population focus of Humane Society's spay/neuter day Oct. 21

       As part of a continuing effort to reduce the number of unwanted cats, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPRR) is seeking help from the community Wednesday, Oct. 21 for National Feral Cat Day. On that day, HSPPR “hopes to spay and neuter more than 80 cats… to help prevent cat overpopulation in our region,” a press release states.
       The cost is free for the first 80 cats brought in that day to
A homeless cat greets a photographer from its cage.
Courtesy photo
the Humane Society complex at 610 Abbot Lane (off South Eighth Street). The time frame will be 7 to 10 a.m. The society has a surgery center on-site.
       According to Gretchen Pressley of HSPPR, each cat brought in must be contained in a trap, as authorized through HSPPR's Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. Under TNR, community members can become volunteer “colony managers” for groups of homeless/feral cats, caring for them as needed while ensuring they are spayed and neutered.
       People who don't own traps can rent them from HSPPR. “For registered colony members, the trap is free to rent,” Pressley explained. “For the general public not registered with us, we ask for a $65 deposit. That deposit will be returned in full when the trap is returned to us.”
       The event is geared for “feral cats and community cats,” the press release states. “A community cat can be:
       “- Any friendly feline who doesn't have an owner but instead is fed outside by one or many of your neighbors.
       “- The feral offspring of a friendly feline who lives in your neighborhood.
       “- Barn cats or outdoor cats that live on your property but do not belong to you.”
       The release elaborates that “with TNR, cats are trapped, spayed or neutered and then returned to their original location. This is the only proven method to not only gradually decrease the total number of cats in any one colony, but also lower the number of cats and kittens contributing to cat overpopulation. The community's participation is imperative to make this happen.”
       Past figures have shown that homes can be found for fewer than half of the homeless cats brought in to HSPPR's animal shelter.
       The entity is a nonprofit serving areas of southern Colorado, including Colorado Springs and El Paso County.
       For more information about TNR, go to hsppr.org/springs/tnr or call 302-8786.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 10/15/15; Community: Humane Society)

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