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Town’s animal shelter seeing benefits of feline trap and neuter program

Mac Trammell

The Collierville Animal Shelter is constantly working to reduce kitten overcrowding during the dog days of summer.

The shelter is seeing the fruits of a Trap-Neuter-Release program that was instituted in 2007. The program helps stop stray cats from producing too many kittens.

“We’ve reduced the amount of kittens over the years because of the TNR program, which is great,” said CAS Director Nina Wingfield. “The TNR cats are the ones that will produce kittens twice a year. And their kittens will have kittens. It reduces the litters.”

A Trap and Release program had been in place since 2005, but with the implementation of TNR, the CAS got more aggressive, said Wingfield, and added a team full of volunteers dedicated to furthering the TNR program, which will in turn lead to less pets that unnecessarily need to be put down.

While there are currently 47 cats and kittens at the shelter, Wingfield said the number is down significantly from previous years.

“We are in the process of securing grants for the TNR program,” said Wingfield, who noted that some people bring cats in to be fixed and then release them back into the area where they were found.
“They don’t mind having the cats around,” said Wingfield. “They just don’t want them to have kittens that will go unwanted or be killed in the wild.”

Somewhere in the ballpark of 100-150 cats have been neutered and released so far this year.

“Spay and neuter is the only way we’re going to get out of reducing the number of euthanasias in our area,” Wingfield said.

While the program has a bevy of volunteers, CAS is looking for any future vets to help with surgeries. Those with surgical experience would be preferred.

“If you’re familiar with taking care of people, you’d probably be welcome on the surgery team,” Wingfield said. “The only difference between animal and human patients is one doesn’t complain much.”

The shelter has many adoptable cats and kittens right now, and provides basic vaccinations, de-fleaing and worming, spaying or neutering, and testing for feline leukemia for the put-out pets.

The shelter is open for adoptions Wednesday through Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at 559 East South Street.

For more information about adoptions and the CAS, call 457-2670.

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