HomeCat NewsDiscussion: Responsible TNR program or animal cruelty after kittens dumped in unfamiliar territory


Discussion: Responsible TNR program or animal cruelty after kittens dumped in unfamiliar territory — 25 Comments

  1. Very sneaky that they’ve substituted ‘Relocate’ for ‘Return’ when actually implementing their TNR programme. The general public would have no idea this is happening, without brave animal-advocates speaking up on behalf of these cats and kittens.

    Any animal considered to be living wild, should always be returned to their original location. Dumping them elsewhere always causes problems, but to do this to young, inexperienced kittens is downright cruel. Feral kittens wouldn’t be leaving their mothers at such a young age, so it should be common sense their chances or survival in unfamiliar surroundings are zero.

  2. This apalls me. How are the kittens supposed to eat or get shelter if they have no caretaker. What a terrible situation, And this is taxpayer supported? People should be demanding change. What a disaster.

  3. I hope shelter staff are not all this irresponsible! Bad enough to have even one person with authority to be in favor of this. I am sure there are too many kittens turned in or born there for homes to be found for all, however this is neither humane nor acceptable! I don’t even like to think of healthy animals being euthanized but this would certainly be a more humane way to handle over population if homes can not be found. I also feel pretty certain that the vets who so willingly volunteer their time to perform these surgeries would not be happy to know this is what happens to the kittens. Maybe they should be made aware?

  4. Spayed/Neutered cats don’t spray! But obviously they are not safe on Ms Dixon’s land! Please don’t dump these cats and tiny kittens!

    • Spayed/neutered cats can and will spray, just not very often and only if something triggers it (territorial issues usually).

        • My Renny will spray if we don’t watch him. He was neutered in 2012. He only does it in the main house and not back in the part of the house where he lives with the calmer cats. Territorial and he’s the only one who has ever done it after neutering.

  5. Well, I do not “get” this program. These cats if not adoptable should be put down. I had an entire load of them dropped on my property a couple of years ago, and the worker told me they were being returned “into the wild”. They weren’t caught here. This isn’t the “wild”. It’s my land. Unattended cats are opportunists. They spray urine on the porch. They do not get treated for fleas/ticks or any other diseases for which I treat my animals. I. Don’t. Want. Them. You don’t see them spay/neutering dogs and releasing them in the wild. And you don’t see them getting dropped in Thornblade. That might shut the program down. I have contacted TV reporters, but the flip side to the story goes nowhere. Do-gooders don’t have to deal with the dead, decomposing bodies, or the ones the dogs kill. THEY live here. The cats were not invited. They were dumped, and some died within hours.

    • It would hurt their live release stats. Kittens kept in the shelter often become sick with URI’s and die. That would be a death on their records.

      Some people don’t realize there are things worse than shelter euthanasia. Like being coyote snacks or being hit by cars. This is NOT what the residents of Greenville County asked for in a TNR program. Colonies HAVE to be managed in a place they’re welcome or it’s a situation like you have Dorene.

      • Isn’t this an example of TNR gone wrong. And when this happens it damages TNR. TNR needs to be promoted all the time. Excellent article by the way.

    • HEALTHY cats should never be put down. It is not the cat’s fault that they are being dumped on your property. I am sorry you have no compassion or understanding of feral cats.

  6. As before, I’m just appalled and outraged that anyone can do this to such young kittens and put them out there to fend for themselves with zero survival skills. They’re perfect size for a predators snack. Their surgeries can become infected or worse. Maybe they were fixed at 2lbs but can’t find food so loose weight. Bottom line is, they don’t belong out there. I’m sure they’re even terrified. My heart hurts for them. Who can tell me where to start to create a ruckus over this? I called a number that was given on the last heated FB convo on this very topic, to someone who said to call she’d be happy to answer our questions. After many unanswered calls and messages left, no one ever returned my call. Somethings very rotten in Denmark.

  7. This program needs to be handled properly or you are just putting the animals in more danger. It is ok to put them back in a area where they are familiar and have a CAREGIVER.You can’t just dump them anywhere and see what happens. Yes pediatric spay is ok but under 2 lbs and no safe recoverywhat vet thinks that’s OK .

  8. Why don’t people flood the county council meeting and demand answers?We can be there at the next meeting! Kala, Jennifer, Tami, we have to show up and protest this! That is the ONLY chance these precious kittens have 😡LetEmLive Upstate Jessica and Jennifer please lead this fight for justice. Elisa thank you for reporting it!

  9. That’s not responsible TNR. TNR is returning the cats to their colonies, an area where they are familiar. Relocating cats to an unknown location is cruel & irresponsible. There are proper procedures that need to be followed in order to re-locate cats and even then, they may still run away. Relocating should only be done if there is some reason the cats can’t go back to their territory (let’s say in instances of construction.) If these were young kittens & couldn’t go back home, my question is also why weren’t they socialized & placed in rescues & homes?

  10. So many don’t believe and didn’t believe…I hope and pray something can be done…MANY MANY cats coming in daily…never see on their site…this place is full of secrets. …POOR CATS 🙁

  11. I’m glad you did report on it. It is sad, they can get away with this. The poor kittens can’t get enough help.yes we pay taxes, and we should have the rights to say, no way this should happen. Makes you wonder what else they do on without us in it. Or people see it, can’t do anything about it.WHY…

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