My “Fishing Trip” with Nebraska’s TNR Groups

In a Trap-Neuter-Return program, community cats are humanely trapped, brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped, and then returned to their outdoor home. —Alley Cat Allies A managed Trap-Neuter-Return colony has a caregiver who monitors the cats, captures any that need veterinary care, and traps any newcomers to be sterilized and vaccinated. A properly managed colony is a health, stable colony in which no kittens are born. —Husker Cats I believe Trap-Neuter-Return is the current best solution to cat homelessness. For that reason, I consider TNR groups an integral member of the animal welfare village, and … Continue reading My “Fishing Trip” with Nebraska’s TNR Groups

Luigi, June, Miss Kitty, and Gulliver

The moment I walk into the blue section at The Cat House, I see Luigi at the door to his room. I hear June’s plaintive meow calling visitors to her room. She loves attention, as does Miss Kitty, who resides in an adjacent room. Miss Kitty is simply less vocal about her desires and prefers to wait in patient silence. The crinkle of a tunnel lets me know that Gulliver is on the prowl. Visitors easily get him to chase wand toys. These are four of the cats I’ve gotten to know best during my recent visits to the Lincoln’s … Continue reading Luigi, June, Miss Kitty, and Gulliver

My “Fishing Trip” with Nebraska’s Cat Welfare Groups

The annual statistics for the number of abandoned cats in the United States is overwhelming: about 3.2 million enter shelters, 1.4 are euthanized, and 40 million are homeless. Nearer to home, the statistics of cats euthanized in just Omaha and Lincoln are just as staggering: About 4,100 cats entered the Nebraska Humane Society (Omaha) in 2016 with 2,900 being euthanized, and about 1,600 cats entered the Capital Humane Society (Lincoln) with close to 500 being euthanized. Given the magnitude of the problem, what can any of us do to make a difference? I emailed Nebraska’s cat welfare groups to find … Continue reading My “Fishing Trip” with Nebraska’s Cat Welfare Groups

My "Fishing Trip" with Nebraska's TNR Groups

In a Trap-Neuter-Return program, community cats are humanely trapped, brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped, and then returned to their outdoor home. —Alley Cat Allies A managed Trap-Neuter-Return colony has a caregiver who monitors the cats, captures any that need veterinary care, and traps any newcomers to be sterilized and vaccinated. A properly managed colony is a health, stable colony in which no kittens are born. —Husker Cats I believe Trap-Neuter-Return is the current best solution to cat homelessness. For that reason, I consider TNR groups an integral member of the animal welfare village, and … Continue reading My "Fishing Trip" with Nebraska's TNR Groups